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  1. Make Task Sequence Use Global conditions

    Please make Task Sequence somehow use Global conditions for better usability and experience. This would help tremendously in every situation for TS deployments, especially for using Preflight checks, which is becoming more and more critical for most deployments and upgrade tasks.

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    1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
  2. Preflight checks support in OSD for Win10 upgrades

    Provide a better way to support preflight checks for OS upgrades in terms of success/error being shown to users. Being able to show users a warning sign instead of a hard stop error would give better user experience. Currently, we either get "Installed successful" message, with having continue on error checked, or hard stop or scary error message that's presented to users if requirements aren't met. Everyone uses preflight checks now for OSD, please support it better with better notifications (customized) and error/warning handling.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback – updating status to Noted. See https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configmgreng/2016/03/11/configmrguv/

    As mentioned there’s some excellent samples provided from our MVP community. We’ll likely break this item to distinct pieces e.g. expanding Check Readiness step to test for Battery/Is Wired etc.

    As well as preflight using /Compat prior to upgrade can help with finding issues before deployment. For 1806 that will now run without stopping CCMExec (setting ProvisioningMode).
    Coupled with using /Compat for upgrade Windows produced SetupDiag to help diagnose upgrade blockers in more detail – see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag

  3. WPF Support in WinPE

    A lot of folks are building WPF apps and frontends that are used at the start of OSD. The most recent PE has stopped supporting this all together. I'm not sure if this is the correct user voice, but the ability to whip up an app to run in PE makes OSD a lot more flexible. It'd be excellent to have it back and to have it be a bit more robust.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →

    Updating status to Noted.

    Thanks for the feedback, certainly understand the frustration at not being able to use WPF anymore.

    I’m not really sure what to do with this item as we do not own WinPE. Also, the documentation here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/winpe-add-packages--optional-components-reference – calls out WPF is not supported.

    There’s some more information and a workaround posted here – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-10-AMA/WPF-Support-in-WinPE-for-ADK-1809/td-p/301520

    You mentioned ‘correct user voice’ – I could not find one for WinPE. This is the Windows Server UV – https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295047-general-feedback

    Let us know if any of this information helps.

  4. Pre-Cache of task sequence content "Files Cached" notification

    When deploying Operating Systems, we are using the Pre-Cache so customers can install at a more suitable time; however there is no notification in Software Centre to advise if the files required for install have been cached.

    This leaves a "pot luck" install, especially for those on slower broadband links on whether the install will start instantly, or if it still has to download the content and wait an inexplicit amount of time before the install can take place.

    Can the "Available" change to "Ready to install now" or similar, so customers know they wont have to wait for downloadingā€¦

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  5. Add Battery, Power state check to Task Sequence "Check Readiness"

    Add Battery, Power state check to Task Sequence "Check Readiness"

    Would be nice to add an extra option there to check the power state, this is very important for when making a task sequence available to the user.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback. Weā€™re looking at moving the functionality of the Check Readiness step to the task sequence properties and this is one of the additions were considering. Please note this is not scheduled work yet.

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  6. Boot Image Password protection - make "enable command prompt" in boot images more secure

    Make it possible to password protect the F8 command prompt during OSD.

    the F8 support is very usefull for troubleshhoting but it is alos a security issue. Having two bootmedias (one with and one without) isn't a workaround since you will have to reboot to get the F8 support and the problem may not occur during the second atempt.

    Allowing us to password protect the prompt gives a secure function that doesn't require a reboot when you have to troubleshoot.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  7. Encrypted stand-alone media

    After creating stand alone media from a task sequence, all packages in the task sequence are not encrypted. All files in applications, packages and also os image can be exported easily. The all media in the stand-alone media should be encrypted with pre-given password (determined when standalone media created) . So, the all files will be protected.

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  8. Allow suppression of exit codes during Install Application Task Sequence Step

    During an OSD deployment we install several applications that return a reboot exit code.

    Each time they install they reboot, rebooting takes a minutes or two to restart the task sequence engine so each application is adding 2-3 minutes to the build time.

    I would like to ignore these reboot exit codes because I know I will be rebooting at the end. We would prefer to not have a separate application for OSD and for Software Center.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  9. Resume Task Sequence Failure

    Provide an option to RESUME an already running OSD task sequence deployment that failed in a specific area versus having to start the deployment all over again. In the event of a failure, this would allow for us to resolve the issue right away and then allow the admin to RESUME the OSD task sequence deployment from the exact point of where it failed (not have to start everything over again).

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  10. 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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  11. Display Task Sequence Step no. in Task Sequence Editor

    Display the Step No. in the Task Sequence Editor so it can be easier to find where in the TS an issue is occurring. This could be handy because you could have multiple steps of the same name (especially gather & User Toolkit)

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  12. Allow us to move task sequence step conditions

    For task sequence step conditions (in the options tab), it would be SO GREAT if we could move the conditions around just like we can with the actual task sequence steps (drag and drop, move up or down, cut/paste, etc.). It can be a pain to remove a bunch of conditions and add them back when they are not in the right order.

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  13. When auto-launching a PowerShell script inside of a customized version of WinPE, the script will fail if an Import-module function is requir

    When auto-launching a PowerShell script inside of a customized version of WinPE, the script will fail if an Import-module function is required in the script. a workaround is to open PowerShell, manually import the module before running the script and it will work. It appears that PowerShell is not fully initializing if you call a script as a command line parameter of Powershell.exe...

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  14. Install Third Party Software Updates during TS Install Software Updates step

    Currently (v1806 or later) Third Party Software Updates are not being installed during the Install Software Updates step in a Task Sequence.

    Ideally third party software updates should be installed just like regular updates during the Task Sequence. A machine should be fully patched (secure and end-user ready) when it leaves the deployment bench.

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  15. Enhance task sequence step preprovision bitlocker with encryptionmode options

    For MBAM clients I want to use preprovisioned bitlocker volumes.
    A requirement is to use the AES256 encryption mode.The pre provision bitlocker step defaults to aes128, and cannot be changed in the step itself.
    I now have a extra step before the preprovision bitlocker step with this command:
    cmd /c reg.exe add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\FVE /v EncryptionMethod /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

    Thanks to this website:
    https://blog.alschneiter.com/2017/05/03/change-bitlocker-drive-encryption-to-xts-aes-256-during-osd-with-configmgr/

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  16. run not only applications on a tasksequence, seperate deploymenttypes would be better

    Not only applications or packages/programs run in a TS would be nice to select a special deploymenttype to run. In packages with programs is it possible why not with applications and his deploymenttype.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  17. PS/DP/MP task sequences

    I get so many customers asking me this question: How can we deploy X amount of DPs/MPs or Primary Servers via a task sequence?

    May I suggest a custom task sequence which builds out the above server and has a final step which adds the necessary roles without having to show the sccm site server install credentials?

    This way the CM cmdlets can be invoked via the step - all that is needed are the parameters for the server.

    if you have to do this manually for 800 DPs it would be simply adding all the server machine names toā€¦

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  18. OSD Task Sequence option to ignore "unexpected reboots"

    If you are doing BIOS updates as part of a Task Sequence you are sometimes faced with "unexpected reboots" because the BIOS update program restarts the computer if you want or not (e.g. Lenovo ThinkStation BIOS updates).
    Those reboots will cause the Task Sequence to fail.
    It would be very helpful for those scenarios to be able to prepare a task for such reboot events and to ignore the errors in order to continue the Task Sequence after the reboot.
    Maybe a modified "Restart Computer" task which prepares a Task Sequence reboot but doesn't execute it could be an approach.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  19. Make Windows 10 Setup Compatibility Scan Language Neutral

    It would be nice if a checkbox "Perform Windows Setup Compatibility scan withnout starting upgrade" inside "Upgrade Operating System" step in SCCM Upgrade Task Sequence would be language neutral.

    What I mean by this is that we would like to run this scan prior to the Upgrade itself but to be able to do that currently we have to switch the running OS to en-US (the same language as the Upgrade iso), then run the scan and in case an error is found, we need to switch back to original language again and reboot the computer. This is not aā€¦

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  20. Possibility to priorize an (InPlace) Upgrade Task Sequence over Update Installation

    Since Microsoft introduced the strategy to deliver two new OS builds per year for Windows 10 and a mandatory expiry date of SAC builds, the focus / Engineering task focuses back to perform in place Upgrades via Task Sequences.

    As those Task Sequences are not deployed at a specific time during the week it might happen that some Windows OS Quality or Office Update are pending or queued for Installation. It does not make sense to deploy a Quality Update for the OS Build which is queued to be upgraded to a new OS Build (with new Quality Updates).

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