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  1. Client platform filtering on custom global condition

    Would be nice to filter OSD Task sequences with custom global condition (Run only on the specified platforms).

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  2. Make Progress Status messages descriptive

    The Create Task Sequence Media Wizard reports very basic information during the creation, eg. Processsing 0% or 14 % etc but what is it progressing? As you cannot see this information and the processing status resets to 0% multiple times.

    Would be helpful to know what it is doing!

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  3. Task Sequence deployment option of "While no user is logged on"

    Give us the option to restrict a required Task Sequence to "When no user is logged on" This would be particularly helpful when using Task Sequences to push out Application updates. That way if the TS tries to run while a user is logged on it won't fail as soon as it hits the applications which are set to "When no user is logged on"

    42 votes
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  4. Trigger Hardware Inventory after Operating System Upgrade Task Sequence Completes

    An OS Upgrade Task Sequence results in many significant changes to a system's Inventory and compliance states. The OS Upgrade TS should trigger a full hardware inventory after completion

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  5. Download summary for multiple packages in software center

    We leverage task sequences heavily for complex software deployments (non-OSD). This includes downloading and installing multiple software. We leverage "Download all content locally before starting task sequence" to minimize user impact so the content downloads in advance as much as possible.

    Often users will run this on their own, and the "Download" status goes from 0%-->100% each time it downloads a package. It would be a much better experience if for a task sequence you could provide a status like.

    "Download 1 of 10 (15%)" and provide an OVERALL status for all TS reference packages.

    4 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. Updating status to noted.

    The download behavior is from Software Center and would hold true for any deployment using Download and Execute so changing for Task Sequences may have knock on effect for SWD etc.

    One thing you may want to look at it our Task Sequence Pre-Cache available in 1611 Tech Preview https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1611#pre-cache-content-for-available-deployments-and-task-sequences – that allow you to pre-cache all statically referenced content ahead of availability time so no download is seen and all content is local. You can also conditionally download OS Upgrade Packages

  6. Windows 10 Servicing Customization

    It would be great to be able to customize the Windows 10 image or allow a "clean up script" to run post install. I like the concept of the Windows 10 Servicing part of the SCCM console. I think it will become important as upgrades start rolling out 1-2 times a year and majority of companies have Windows 10 clients that need servicing. Being able to create Servicing plans will help keep IT on top of the upgrade process through different updates.

    The current model just doesn't work for a lot of companies. Not many places allow games such asā€¦

    185 votes
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  7. Check box to allow OSD to Collection or not.

    Checkbox in collection properties to allow or disallow OSD to clients in the collection.

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  8. Update all instances of package in a task sequence

    We have multiple packages that are used by multiple steps during a task sequence (scripts packages and custom software packages that take multiple steps to install). Since said package might be referenced by a half dozen or dozen steps, when a package revision is made, all references must be updates... which is easy to miss some. It would be great to update the first step referencing the package, then click a button to 'Update all References' and every other step that references the old package gets updated to the new package.

    The whole purpose here is we don't update existingā€¦

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback.

    We’ve started work on this item – https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/8339997-daisy-chain-task-sequences-osd-and-non-osd – this will allow ‘modular’ task sequence

    I think this will solve your ask too. In your case you would update one task sequence – that task sequence would be referenced by others. One it’s updated with the new scripts package for example, then all task sequence that call that one will have the updated scripts.

    Does that address your scenario?

  9. DCR: Restart Computer to PXE or Boot Media

    Provide an option to restart computer back to PXE to allow Bios configuration changes (or simple Bios Updates) like switching from Bios to UEFI or to configure RAID Controllers inside Windows PE and Restart again to PXE to get access to the new disk configuration.

    How this can be done easily:
    Have a required deployment on the collection where device is member of.
    Ensure Network Boot is first boot device.
    As the system has already started from Network the "Clear Required PXE Deployments" must occur for this device
    Initiate WPEUTIL REBOOT

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  10. 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€¦

    20 votes
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  11. Show Task Sequence Properties as its own window on the taskbar

    Many times I'm wanting to compare Task Sequences, but as I open them they fall behind other open windows (such as MDT itself). I end up having to minimize or move windows around until I can find both properties windows. The same occurs if I'm looking at a task sequence and then click into a VM, or any other time I'm working at multiple things at once.

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  12. PXE Limitation

    In heirachy if there are multiple primary site when we try to reimage a PC where the DP is attached to primary site different from the one the PC is attached, PXE fail to start we need to delete the computer record so that it would be regonised has unknow computer post that image build goes through fine

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback

    What’s happening here is the policies are not visible across different sites. So, if a client is already assigned to site A, the Management Point/Distribution Point on site B wonā€™t be able to access those policies and boot the client.

    The guidance is to delete the record – same as what you’ve been using

    We filed a documentation update to add the same information to https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt627940.aspx

  13. Make the SMSTSPreferredAdvertID feature work without requiring all systems having to be targeted

    It would be really useful if the SMSTSPreferredAdvertID feature would work without every CM Client (known or unknown) needing to have the policy for the hidden deployment. This is usually set using a front end menu by a technician or end user driven deployment. If there are multiple task sequence deployments that need to be available, this could result in a large amount of unnecessary policies. The other option is to have a webservice drop a system in a collection prior to kicking off the task sequence engine, however this has drawl backs and can result in a delay inā€¦

    42 votes
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  14. Expose some policy data through the SMS Provider

    It would be great if there was a WMI class that we could query, or a method we could call, to verify if policy is targeted to a specific client. In complex OSD scenarios, there is no way to verify whether TS policy has been targeted to a device after modifying collection membership without accessing SQL directly. For example, a method that could be called with just the client GUID or resource ID and a specific Task Sequence policy GUID, simply returning True or False, would rock. This could be called every 30 or 60 seconds and the process couldā€¦

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  15. Add variable for controlling smsts log files

    Today, sccm will retain two copies of a task sequence log at most, and then truncate them when they reach a certain length.

    It's possible to customize this but you need to bake a file into your boot wim image. This capability should be moved into the task sequence as a new variable.

    Call it smsts_number_of_logs and SMSTS_LOG_ROLLOVE_LENGTH.

    finally, zti_copylogs should be amended to copy all smsts log files, not just the first two, as it's written today.

    8 votes
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  16. Move task sequence parsing into a separate log

    When searching for logging about a particular step in smsts.log, you often have to skip over multiple parsing entries from reboots. Moving the logging about parsing into a different log (smstsinit.log?) would make troubleshooting a bit easier.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback

    We have a couple of open work items to improve task sequence logging and I’ll add this to the list of potential improvements to consider

  17. Information dialog for "Check Readiness"

    When "Check Readiness" fail because of requirements then the result is a error dialog without any information why it fails.
    So yes we can go into logs and tell why it fails but for the users that started for example Windows 10 upgrade the error message is not clear.

    It would be good if it can say why it failed.
    Example:
    Not enough disk space. Require drive with XXXXMB

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  18. 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.

    29 votes
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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  19. Adjust ZTIApplication to return error codes during installation

    Currently, if an application fails to install due to a typo or error during install, the task sequence just continues on. It would be preferable to at least have an option for the task sequence to fail if an application did not get installed.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  20. 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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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

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