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  1. Interactive step during OSD (or any other TS)

    To be able to add an interactive step when running a TS would be useful in many cases. You might not always want to run an OSD as User Driven, but still in one step you want user input.
    Not only for production, but for test purposes this would be really good.

    Today, I'm running a very customized solution to make this happen.
    I created this one in order for this to happen, it should be easier.
    https://plus.google.com/105132092500423486001/posts/9aCA7LUVpuv

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  2. Include DART in ConfigMgr Boot Images as standard

    Having DART included in the boot images for ConfigMgr would make remove monitoring of OS Deployments much easier without us having to manually integrate it into the boot images.

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  3. Need a feature to install and enable Unifed write filter along with ConfigMgr task sequence

    We have an OS image with Unifed write filter feature enabled and after Setup Windows and ConfigMgr step, we use commands to enable write filter along with the reboot step. Right after the task seqeunce completes, the client machines reboots and now its write filter enabled machine. when it downloads the machine policy now, SCCM remote control is not working.

    As a workaround, we used SMSTSPostAction variable to reboot the client machine 30 minutes after task seqeunce completes. 30 minutes time would let the client machine to download all the machine policy before the client machine reboot. After the rebootā€¦

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  4. Reboot during Inplace Upgrade TS breaks the Processing

    If for some reason the machine is rebooted while the Inplace Upgrade is running (ModernHostSetup.exe), the task sequence is not picked up again and stays for ever in "on progress".
    The TS should detect an unwanted reboot and retry/proceed as it is possible to select with Updates.

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  5. Remote desktop for WinPE

    Provide the ability to remotely view/control a remote WinPE desktop. I need this for troubleshooting.
    I normally remotely reboot a client which ends up in WinPE.

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  6. 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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  7. Document creator/filename of Boot Media in Security -> Certificates

    When creating and managing TaskSequence Media it becomes quite cumbersome to keep an eye on which boot media certificates should be blocked or not.
    In our environment support staff will receive predefined *.iso images for OS Deployment to make sure they fit our standards and are tested against. While they have an exipiration date sometimes we want to revoke certain boot medias as they contain debug or testing stages. Currently the only way to manage this is to write down the Certificate GUID upon boot media creation.

    Documenting the username that created the bootmedia or filename for an ISO toā€¦

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  8. UEFI video resolution

    Not sure if this impacts multiple vendors, but Lenovo ThinkPad have this issue. When PXE booting a UEFI enabled system, the video resolution is very low (640x480 or 800x600). This may be a vendor issue, but if there is anything Microsoft can do that would be awesome. Having the resolution so low makes using MDT and other frontends difficult to use as parts of the dialog are off the screen.

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  9. Fix Pre-Download when using "Run another program first"

    If you deploy a Task sequence that has Run another program first checked in properties and you also check pre-download content, the only thing downloaded is the program you want to run first. The program I am trying to run first is a deferral screen for OSD upgrade with user interaction. Either the pre-download should download everything in the task sequence or give you options of what you want to download. When doing OS upgrades with remote users you need everything in place before you can run the task sequence incase they drop vpn.

    Thanks,

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  10. Store output of run command line to TSEnv with "RunAsUser".

    Running a step as a user prevents you from using the TSEnvironment in order to store any data returned.

    The step could be anything, like getting a byte array of a certificate, ad-groups of the computer or primary user or as in this example, getting the TPM OwnerAuth from MBAM.

    I would rather store it directly in the TSEnv instead of in a temporary file and run another script to read the file just to be able to use the password, as a variable, from a ā€œRun commandlineā€-step.

    The only other workaround Iā€™ve found this far is running the stepā€¦

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  11. Allow to select WinPE language pack when you generate Boot Image

    It would be great to customize WinPE language pack when Generating standard or MDT Boot Image, like select box that will list lp.cab that are present in ADK installation folder "Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs"

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  12. Add Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade Task Sequence Reminders with an Enforced Installation Deadline

    It would be great if we had the option to set a required Windows 10 in place upgrade Task Sequence with scheduled notifications for users with an installation deadline. This would allow In-Place upgrade deployments to be enforced ensuring timely Windows 10 version updates whilst allowing the end user enough time to schedule the upgrade.

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  13. Option to Remove from Domain first during Apply Network Settings

    Currently there is an option during Apply Network Settings to join the computer to a specific OU. If the machine already exists, it does not move it to the OU specified. Additionally, if the machine is disabled the domain join would fail.

    Adding an option to remove the workstation from the domain first before joining would correct both of these issues. It would also allow for AD group membership to be cleared in the event the workstation was moving to a new department.

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  14. _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.

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  15. More useful OSD failure window

    It would be super helpful if the OSD failure window can actually provide useful information - rather than just the error code of the last executed step. At least also display the name of the step where the failure occurred. I often get a screenshot of the error code and that doesn't help me at all.

    So often when I troubleshoot OSD, it is with computers in remote site. While walking someone over phone through launching command prompt, cd here, copy these files there, etc - it is such a tedious process.

    I would love to see a way toā€¦

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  16. OSD support for bitlocker encryption above defaults

    Currently in OSD you cannot without an additional step set up set non defaults for encryption. Please add options for the OSD steps pre provision or enable bitlocker to have options for non default encryption like xts-aes 256.

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  17. Allow MDT steps to be migrated when using the wizard

    The migration wizard is not able to migrate "third-party" steps in a task sequence, including Microsoft Deployment Toolkit steps. For many of my customers this a huge blocker to have a smooth migrating experience from test to the production environment. MDT steps should not be seen as "third-party" and be migrated.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  18. Run Task Sequence - Add Set Variable Options on Step

    I'd like the option to set Variables on the Run Task Sequence Step itself. Often times I need to pass variables into the Task Sequence, which will be different based on which Parent TS is calling the Task Sequence "Module".

    Currently I have to have a Set TS Variable Step right before I call the Sub Task Sequence so the Sub TS knows which steps to run, or how to run them.

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  19. Task Squences for User Collections made available.

    Custom Task Sequences allow for simple WMI queries for BIOS version detection. This is a nightmare when attempting to do in an Application. I am unable to deploy this task sequence to just my IT teams, and keep it hidden from regular users.

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  20. Boundary Group Variable

    Create an OSD task sequence variable for Boundary Group(s). Ex. OSDBoundaryGroup = VPN_ABC

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for providing that detail – much appreciated.
    We agree there’s a lot of value with such an addition.

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