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  1. Add compatibility check to In-Place upgrade task sequence

    Adding compatibility check task/tasks to "Upgrade an operating system from an upgrade package" task sequence with custom error message descripting the compatibility error.

    Example: check the attachment file

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    Thanks for your feedback.

    The compatibility check is owned by Windows. I’d recommend looking at SetupDiag as that can parse through the Windows setup logs and output what the problem application is.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag

    There’s also the option to use /Compat with SMSTSOSUpgradeActionReturnCode that will return a value indicating there’s a hard block but not which application. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/osd/understand/task-sequence-steps#BKMKUpgradeOS for more information.

    Please let us know if this helps.

    Thank you

  2. Make WIM changes on the fly

    Add the option in Apply Operating System to add a script that can modify the WIM file once it is downloaded (i.e. changes would be local only to the current OS installation).

    This would allow you to keep the WIM file as generic as possible while still allowing it to be modified, reducing the number of WIM files required in an environment that may require multiple WIMs per OS.

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  3. Task Sequence Variable to DISABLE all Status Messages

    We need a variable to disable sending status messages completely.

    Different than "SMSTSDisableStatusRetry".

    Perhaps: "SMSTSDisableStatusMessages"

    Very similar to another request that has been closed, but need to be able to have a TS run an never even try to send a status message.
    Other UV: https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/17846260-add-osd-variable-to-not-send-status-messages

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  4. Add support to Cloud Distribution Point for dynamically defined content

    Add the support for dynamically defined content in an OSD task sequence to Cloud Distribution point. Today in an on-prem environment you can use OSDDownloadContent.exe to pre-cache or download driver packages, BIOS packages and other items that are machine specific.

    However this functionality is not available on Cloud Gateway/Cloud DP. The sequence will execute but support for Dynamic Variables Task Sequences so we can modify the packageID in sequence and then then trigger the OSDDownloadDownloadPackages command to download that content while the sequence is running is not.

    Back in 2018 Tweeted about this https://twitter.com/PaulEAndrews/status/1030155355236560897.

    8 votes
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  5. powershell TS conditions

    I think it is about time that we had the ability to use Powershell to query and set conditions within the task sequence. I.E. we currently use WMI queries to check bios versions to decide whether or not to upgrade the bios version similar to this ā€¦
    "SELECT * FROM Win32_BIOS WHERE SMBIOSBIOSVersion < "1.9.3""
    the problem with this is this is a string value so with POSh you could easily convert that to an integer and then use that as your condition.
    What I would like to see is something similar to the new edit script interface in 1902ā€¦

    7 votes
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  6. Custom TS Progress UI

    We currently have possibility to create our custom UI-s using scripts. Would be great to have a possibility to choose, if you want to use native progress UI, or create custom one in TS properties for example. So every time native Progress UI would be shown, it would show custom UI instead. Current way to use custom scripts has a small drawback: to start it, you have to use task sequence step. Which means, if some step restarts computer(not task sequence restart steps), you have to wait until next step, until you can start your own custom UI again.

    Weā€¦

    7 votes
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  7. Add the ability to specifiy Dev/Test versions of apps/packages/etc and integrate this into Task Sequence logic for easier Testing.

    We maintain 2 copies of our task sequence. We make changes to the DEV TS then copy the entire TS contents into the Prod TS when we have completed testing. The issue we generally have is that we also have Dev/Test versions of our apps/packages/etc. If our DEV TS is referencing the DEV items, we then have to go through the Prod TS after we paste and update them back to the prod versions. In some cases, we've just added logic to test if we are in DEV and always use the DEV packages, but that adds extra processing stepsā€¦

    17 votes
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  8. Integrate the MDT frontend into SCCM

    It would be great if the MDT integration also allows the MDT front end to be used. It is robust enough for many to not need to use the MDT UDI or even community developed frontends.

    Most especially is how you can have pre-defined software but still allow a tech to select addition software that doesn't meet any defined criteria.

    I get that SCCM is more zero touch but the frontends developed by the communities seems to indicate that this is lacking in SCCM.

    4 votes
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  9. Download content during Task Sequence ahead of current Step

    Currently during a regular OSD Task Sequence, content is downloaded for each step as the TS reaches each step. A single swim lane if you will. This means the machine is always doing 1 of 2 things, downloading or installing.

    Could it instead be possible to have 2 swim lanes? Split out Download and Install. It makes sense for this to be the case outside of WinPe..

    For instance, whilst I'm installing Office, that may take lets say 20 minutes to install, but in the meantime the TS could be starting the download of the content for the next steps.ā€¦

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  10. SCCM-MDT TS: Add Step Number before each step in the SCCM/MDT TS to help with trackign TS Reporting.

    This would help with troubleshooting TS, if in the actual TS, to the left, it lists by number each step.

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  11. SCCM PXE add support for "enable Variable Window Extension"

    Add support for the equivalent feature available in WDS PXE to "Enable Variable Window Extension". This would allow for the windows to be determined dynamically rather then using the registry keys to adjust the defaults.

    4 votes
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  12. Allow entering XML data within task sequence apply OS step

    Allow you to be able to paste in an unattend.xml file directly into the Apply Operating System Image task sequence step instead of having to use a package. Similar to how you can add a PowerShell script directly in to the task sequence step in SCCM 1902.

    8 votes
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  13. _SMSTSMP Variable Needs to be Dynamically Update

    When pushing out mandatory Windows 10 Servicing to remote users.
    If The task sequences is run fro a PC that is vpn connected into the corporate network then the _SMSTSMP variable will be set to an intranet MP. Then the Windows 10 Servicing task sequence reboots multiple times which then the computer is now on the internet and should talk to the IBCM Management Point, but the task sequence keeps trying to send status to the intranet MP as it does not change when the client switches from intranet to Internet.

    13 votes
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  14. Offline servicing : install servicing stack update first

    When scheduling offline updates to OS images, make sure SCCM install the Servicing Stack Update before the Cumulative Update (or allow the users to determine which update has to be installed first).

    For example, I had an issue when trying to install SSU KB4498947 and CU KB4494440. SCCM tried to apply the CU before its prerequisite SSU, resulting in the CU being absent from the image.

    And the worst thing is that I cannot create another schedule for this CU as it is now missing from the list of available updates. As if SCCM permanently consider this CU as nonā€¦

    2 votes
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  15. Open nested task sequence from within parent task sequence

    Nesting task sequences is great but the experience of finding and opening nested TS' is not great.

    Adding a button to the "Run Task Sequence" step in the TS editor to 'Open Nested TS' would be fantastic.

    16 votes
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  16. Offline Servicing Module: show all applicable updates, not just the ones downladed

    Would be nice to have a way to see what updates are applicable to the images, not just crossed referenced with only downloaded updates.

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  17. add "not like" in the task sequence condition, variable

    Add "not like" in the task sequence condition, variable. If we have like, wouldn't it be reasonable to have not like as well? I have some scenarios that are easily resolved with a "not like" condition for a task sequence variable, but more complex with just "like"

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  18. Add dependencies to feature OS upgrade

    When deploying a OS feature upgrade such as Windows 10 1803, it would be great if we can add dependencies such as required drivers or applications before the feature upgrade takes place.....just like it does for application deployments.

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  19. Natively Add install windows feature to SCCM Task sequence options

    MDT has the ability to "Install Windows Feature" with an MDT task sequence and I can also do this if I integrate MDT with SCCM. However SCCM should be able to do this natively without MDT. Better yet make it so that SCCM can accept powershell DSC configurations to run during the build process. This would be a huge win for provisioning on prem servers.

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  20. Dynamically calculate hash before downloading content during OSD

    If content in an OSD task sequence is updated while it's running, the updated content will fail due to a hash validation mismatch error.

    To help prevent this from happening, it would be great if the task sequence engine could dynamically calculate the content hash on the latest version prior to each download.

    4 votes
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