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  1. The ability to compare and merge Task Sequences and version after the merge

    I would like the ability to load up a couple of Task Sequences, and have the ability to merge any changes between the two TS's.

    This would assist when importing TS over from a TEST or DEV env or working on test TS in the same environment. Ideally have the option to approve /deny each of the merges before submitting.

    Once merged, version the change to a later increment so neither of the two TS's are saved over?

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  2. Changelog Task Sequence

    It would be nice to have a changelog tab (administrative notes) in the properties of a task sequence.

    In this tab everyone can log the settings of the changes he/she made in a task sequence.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Allow for multiple task sequences on a single stand-alone media

    Currently you are limited to a single task sequence per stand-alone media. This means techs have to carry around multiple USB flash drives, one for each task sequence.

    If each task sequence is using the same boot image I see no reason why this can't be done. You can combine all the package references into the ..\SMS\PKG folder and then the only differences are in the ..\SMS\data folder which is basically just the task sequence XML and variables.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  6. Printer management and driver install

    Printer deployment and driver managment

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  7. Simulate Task Sequence

    I'd love an option to run a Task Sequence in simulation mode (potentially on a Virtual Machine) that can check for any "logic" issues in the Task Sequence. As an example, I just made a change to an MDT Integrated Build & Capture TS to just be a WORKGROUP machine, rather than domain joined. I made the necessary SMSMP= change to the ConfigMgr client install for application installs to work, but I forgot to change the capture path to a FQDN - therefore it got the whole way through and failed. A quick simulation would have saved me 45 minutes.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  8. RBA During Unknow OSD

    With unknown computer deployments, there should be an authentication step that allows the deployment technician to authenticate to SCCM so he\she will only see the deployed task sequences to the unknown computer collection that are ONLY scoped to them instead of seeing all task sequences deployed to the unknown computer collection.

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    Refreshing status on this item.
    See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/core/understand/find-help#send-a-suggestion for an explanation of each value.

    Would using SMSTSPreferredAdvertID solve this for you?
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/osd/understand/task-sequence-variables#SMSTSPreferredAdvertID

    That way each technician would only know the task sequence deployment IDs assigned to them. They’d enter the ID to start the task sequence, simple script example
    dim env_set
    set env = CreateObject(“Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment”)

    AdvID = inputbox(“Preferred Deployment ID” ,“Please enter the deployment ID:”,"",400,0)

    env(“SMSTSPreferredAdvertID”) = AdvID

    env_set = "Preferred Deployment set to: " & env(“SMSTSPreferredAdvertID”)

    ’MsgBox( env_set, vbOKOnly, “Result”)
    MsgBox( env_set)

    with that added as a Prestart command in the Boot image properties – use as a batch file.

  9. Deploy primary user applications during OSD Task Sequence

    Please provide a step that would allow applications targeted at the primary users of a machine to install as part of the task sequence.

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  10. Add New Capabilities to Task Sequence Condition Copy/Paste

    We would like the following capabilities added to the task sequence copy/paste conditions feature: (1) If pasting into a step that has no conditions, the right-click content menu should simply say Paste. Paste Under, Paste Before, and Paste After only make sense if the step has other conditions. (2) Add ability to copy/paste more than one condition at a time. (3) Add ability to copy-paste conditions between different task sequences.

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  11. Improve High-Risk Deployment Prompt when Deploying a Task Sequence via a Collection

    When deploying a task sequence via a collection, the collection in the wizard is removed when selecting a high-risk collection.
    1. Find collection;
    2. Right-click > Deploy > Task Sequence.

    When a high-risk task sequence is selected ConfigMgr blanks out the collection. Requiring them to select it again so that the prompt about high-risk is displayed.

    This is a problem for 2 reasons:
    1. This process is sometimes followed to MINIMISE risk of choosing the incorrect collection as they can see the numbers and members etc before deploying;
    2. Finding the collection via the dialog box in a large collectionā€¦

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  12. Updating Content shouldn't cause running task sequences to fail

    When you update content that is referenced by an application, devices currently running the task sequence will fail when they get to that step because the version of the files they were expecting is no longer available.

    It has been suggested before to keep old versions of the content around on the DP so that these devices can successfully finish.

    My suggestion is to either do that, or change it so that the content request is for a version equal to OR GREATER THAN what was validated at the beginning of the task sequence. This would be useful both insideā€¦

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  13. Allow unsigned drivers to be added to Boot Images

    By default when ConfigMgr adds drivers to a boot image, unsigned drivers are not allowed and causes the 'Update Distribution Points' action to fail with the following error in C:\windows\logs\dism\dism.log:

    Cannot install non-signed boot-critical drivers on amd64 images. Use /forceunsigned switch to override.

    The workaround is to manually add the unsigned drivers to your boot image using DISM and /forceunsigned.

    If we could automatically add the /forceunsigned switch when ConfigMgr attempts to update the boot image, this would be a non-issue.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  14. Enable New-CMBootableMedia to use a Cloud DP (or Content enabled CMG)

    This Cmdlet does not support using a cloud distribution point as the distribution point source (and neither does the GUI).

    This means that in order to use this feature we have to have an on-premise DP purely for this purpose.

    Regards
    Wayne

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  15. Disk number variable for Format and Partition Disk step

    Sometimes OSD does not put Windows on the drive that we want in systems with multiple drives because of things like raid/SAS controllers or nVME. If you allow a variable to be used for the "disk number" in the format and partition step, a custom UI could be used to select the correct disk number from WMI and send that variable (which is just a number) to the format and partition step.

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  16. For the option to "Run only on the specified client platform," include the option to specify specific Windows 10 branches.

    Include the ability to select specific Windows 10 branches for the option "Run only on the specified client platform." I have scenarios where I would like to limit certain task sequences and/or packages to e.g. current branch 1607 but not 1703.

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  17. OSD - Have different command-line options in the "Upgrade Operating System Task Sequence" to upgrade Windows 10

    Make the Upgrade Step more customizable. I'd actually like the ability to remove the /quiet tag from the setup.exe command line, and be able to add the additional commands right on that step instead of having to add additional steps to create the those variables.
    Add Check boxes for additional preset parameters to enable /disable, and text box to add custom (reflect drivers, etc)

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  18. Task Sequence(Windows 10 1903) progress hidden with screen stuck on screen ā€œJust a momentā€¦ā€

    While Running Task Sequence to deploye custom image for Windows 10 version 1903, task Sequence doesn't show any progress bar in Full OS Mode.

    Task Sequence progress bar works fine until WinPE Phase which includes image applying and download of "Setup Windows and configmgr". Right after the reboot when we are expecting to start Full OS phase starting with SCCM Client installation, there is blue screen shown with message "Just a moment..." till the time all the all the steps of task sequence completes successfully.

    This doesn't bring a good customer experience.

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  19. Built-in OSD Tattoo Steps \ Registry Edits

    We currently have custom scripts that run during an OSD Task Sequence that Tattoo the registry with the computer name, technician who started the TS, date, TS name, TS Version, etc. etc. I would like to see a built in step where you could fill in these values whether it be a static value in or a variable. This built in tattoo could also already be in the hardware inventory by default so we can build collections around task sequence versions.

    We also have a TS that we use primarily for a kiosk w/s and is set to AutoLogon toā€¦

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  20. More meaningful TS error messages in UI (no more 0x80004005!)

    When a task sequence fails, the most common error message that you see is 0x80004005 which is useless. Normally, you get much better information from SMSTS.log file, but there are scenarios when you cannot access SMSTS.log.

    There must be a way to provide more meaningful error messages in UI when a task sequence fails.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback. We have made some improvements to the task sequence monitoring – adding columns for Exit Code and Action Output to the status view.

    We’ve more work to do replacing use of Generic E_FAIL with more meaningful error codes.

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

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