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  1. Create Policy body cache in remote Management points for partial policy body requests.

    On cases where a remote Management point uses a WAN link to communicate with Site Database server and clients leverage partial content download or range downloads for policy body download, it would be useful to have one fo two options:
    1. IF the client is forced to use range downloads for policy, the MP should cache the policy body received from the Database and fulfill the client request using the cached results vs. querying the policy from DB for each ranged request.
    2. IF #1 is not possible, then there should be a mechanism to disable the ranged requests forā€¦

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  2. Download Package Content - Dynamic Option

    Modify the Download Package Content step to include a dynamic option similar to the Install Package step (see attached mock up). This will allow the ability to selectively download content that is not a direct task sequence reference. When deploying the task sequence, the direct references (common to every system) can be downloaded ahead of time and then the system specific items can be downloaded selectively at TS run time. OSDDownloadContent.exe already performs a dynamic content location request, which is super useful when needing to pre-cache or download driver packages, BIOS packages and other items that are machine specific.

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  3. Option to clean disk 0 and create temp partition if WinPE staging fails in TS

    We have a Win 10 image (X64) and then Win 7 (X86) for legacy apps. For Win10 we use the X64 WinPE image for UEFI. For Win 7 X86 we use the WinPE X86 WinPE image. Both TS (Win 7 and Win 10) is deployed to unknown Computers.

    When a support person needs to deploy Win 7, the X86 WinPE image needs to be staged - This sometimes fails as previously Win 10 was deployed and the disk partition is EFI. The staging fails at this point. I know you can just F8, run Diskpart, clean the partition, run theā€¦

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  4. Task Sequence Media - backup to media rather than network.

    In these days of huge USB drives, it would be really beneficial to be able to boot from USB media, then capture the .wim to that same media, rather than to a network location (which we don't have on many machines). Thank heaps.

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  5. Allow running PowerShell script synchronously during Task Sequence

    When using the Run PowerShell script step in a Task Sequence, the Task Sequence waits for the completion of the script before continuing.

    It would be useful to have a "Run Synchronously" option to allow the Task Sequence to continue to the next step without waiting for the script to complete.

    At the moment I use the command line CMD /C START Powershell.exe to achieve this goal.

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  6. Set CCMEXEC Service to "Auto" while running a OS Task Sequence

    It would be cool, if you set the CCMEXEC Service to "Auto" automatically while running a Task Sequence. After OS Deployment run, it sould be set to "Delayed" again.

    This would Speed up OS Deplyoment up to 15 Minutes!

    (We tested it in here with a TS Step after CCMSetup Step) cmd /c sc config "CcmExec" start= auto

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  7. SMSTSPostReboot / SMSTSOnStart command

    When a specific app or utility needs to be run (ex. a custom monitoring application) after each restart, it would be handy if we could put the command in a variable. The command should then be executed after each restart, before the TS continues.

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  8. Windows 10 Customizations - TS & Workspace

    Organizations prefer implementing a standard start menu and taskbar layout across all end user devices. There are powershell scripts available to achieve this during build sequence. However, it will be nice to have a built in feature\step in the TS to perform this. Also, with Windows 10 upgrades\servicing, I have seen issues with these layouts being reset to defaults. It may be worth adding a Windows 10 workspace of its own in the ConfigMgr console for creating customization policies and deploying them in conjunction with Compliance settings.

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  9. AD computer object description

    Setting the AD computer object description should be allowed inside a task sequence during the domain join operation.
    Whether or not this is on the dialog box, is not important to me. I'd be happy setting a TS variable (ie. OSDComputerObjectDescription)

    Alternatively, we could use a PowerShell script using different credentials (which Task Sequences also do not allow). Similar to the way
    the "Run Command Line" allows the input of credentials.

    Right now we have to use a kludgy "Run Command Line" using credentials and run
    a batch file that calls something like: PowerShell.exe -executionpolicy Bypass -command pscommandhere
    or: PowerShell.exeā€¦

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  10. Driver pack life cycle management

    Driver pack life cycle management, This would make managing driver packs easier and create an easier mechanism for reporting to management that driver packs are up to date easily


    • Add fields to track last date verified to facilitate weather there is a new replacement

    • Supported OS releases as defined by vendor release docs, to assist in troubleshooting in the rare instance a driver does not work with a future release

    • Add Life cycle field for ie New/Testing/in use/soon to be replaced and retired

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  11. Integrate git into the Task Sequence for script execution

    Can we please have native git integration in an OSD task sequence for script execution? This would provide version and branch control when running scripts during an OSD task sequence

    e.g.


    1. Connect to a repo in GitHub

    2. Download scripts as a zip file

    3. Extract scripts and then execute

    It would be good to select a specific branch as well (e.g. develop) so you can test script changes prior to merging to master

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  12. Add W32Tm.exe to SCCM Boot Media

    When in WinPE or during initial WinPE stages of a task sequence, there is no suitable way to set or synchronise the time against another device, whether this be an SCCM server, a domain or a dedicated NTP appliance.

    This is an issue in a number of cases, such as when trying to PXE boot a device, when trying to communicate with the SCCM server for policies and simply creating complete and chronologically ordered logs.

    Evidently, the SCCM team already know that a time synchronisation is important, as it is literally the first step after the device has joined aā€¦

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  13. Add task sequence auditing

    The inability to know exactly what changes were made (and by whom) in a task sequence is a significant pain point. Something close what AGPM provides for group policies would be ideal, but even basic auditing capabilities as a starting point would help tremendously.

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  14. Windows 10 ADK Timeline parity with SCCM Build Releases to Support 30 Month Fall Release Support Cycle

    It would appear at a high level that adjustments were not made to coordinate support timelines across the architecture of components for SCCM, Example, while extending Windows 10 1709 Ent. support to 30 months, I would expect the ADK to be supported with the Configuration Manager release 1810, (1903, 1909, etc.) to maintain parity with bug fixes.

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    Thanks for your feedback.

    For ADK support we always support N-1 i.e. current and previous version. This is the matrix we use for testing each release and forms this statement – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/core/plan-design/configs/support-for-windows-10#windows-10-adk

    Each ADK can be used to deploy current and earlier versions of Windows 10. Between releases (either SCCM or ADK) there’s no fundamental change with how we interface.

    Can you elaborate some more on what your request is here, please?

    Thanks and regards

  15. Download Package Content - Move instead of Copy and Delete

    When utilizing the "Download Package Content" TS step and choosing to download to "Configuration Manager client cache", the data is first downloaded to the temporary folder smstasksequence. After that the data is copied to the Client Cache folder (%windir%\ccmcache) and as a last step the data is removed from the smstasksequence folder.
    This process means that before the data in _smstasksequence is deleted, 2 copies of all data reside on the disk.
    This results in the need for extra free space (2x the data) for the running TS.
    A move instead of copy and delete might be a better option.

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  16. Windows Monitor DPI Scaling aka Zoom

    Hello,

    In Windows 10 (and I think since Windows 8), there's a new DPI Scaling method used. Now, we have the "zoom" option in the Display settings. The default scaling is based on a Microsoft calculation of the DPI, screen size and other mecanism.

    This setting is per user and currently, there's no way to set a default value. For exemple, I got HP ProBook 650 which default to 125% zoom, resulting in less then 1080 actual resolution. I want all my computer to have a zoom of 100%.

    I found the value that need to be change is under:

    ā€¦

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  17. Upgrade Operating System Built-in Step: Add Option to Keep Files Only

    Customer does not have the store installed and using the built-in TS step keeps files and apps. I know that the "OSDSetupAdditionalUpgradeOptions" variable can be used, but it would be nice to have the option on the built-in TS step.

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    Thanks for responding.

    We cannot provide a different migration options for the reasons I outlined below. Anything other than ‘Applications, Data and Settings’ will leave the machine unmanaged – while we developed the new upgrade step we tested them all.

    I’ll see if I can source steps for reinstalling the Store without having to complete a restore.

  18. Task Sequence Version Control

    Please create a function to enable task sequence versioning. This feature would be very helpful for reverting back to a previous task sequence as well as accountability for the last user that modified the task sequence.

    We write a lot of WMI queries as well as set various task sequence variables. These settings change over time and it would be a great feature to look back on a previous version to view the changes as well as the last user modification.

    We currently make copies of our task sequences for this archival purpose. This process works for us now, butā€¦

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  19. It would be great to export just task sequence xml file so it can be added into git repo in multi admin enviorment

    It would be great just to get drop in task sequence to export task sequence xml file to it can be uploaded to external repository as way to keep track of changes in any change management system

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  20. Task Sequence Import - Mass Overwrite / Ignore

    When importing a TS, and you have multiple dependencies to import with it, would be nice to have a check box to overwrite all, instead of clicking on each one to overwrite, or ignore.

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