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Task Sequence Editor Search

We have over 300 Groups/Steps in a couple of our task sequences. It would be really helpful to be able to search with the Task Sequence Editor. Either by step name or group name. In a perfect world it would be helpful to search descriptions or other text content within each group or step.

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  • Ola Holtberget commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have been missing this dearly since the first time we made a task sequence with more than 30 steps 15 years ago. This would probably be an easy feature to add?

  • ChrisS commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    3 years later...

    ...but seriously please add this. It doesn't have to be fancy. We also have been dealing with having to crawl huge task sequences manually or with the XML (way less than ideal) and it can be a huge time sink.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How about adding line numbers to the task sequence and then be able to reference that in the smsts.log. It would also make change management/documentation easier.

  • Amy Ahlberg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would greatly speed up everyday processes to be able to perform a Search through task sequences. Especially OSD build task sequences which are very long.

  • Jan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When Task sequences get longer and longer, it is hard to find specific steps. why not add possibility to search through Task Sequence steps for keywords, like you can with Applications etc.

  • Phil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Task sequences are now a mature product - a search function should not still be a missing "feature". And exporting from what should be an easy to use GUI to XML only to perform a keyword search is, at best, a waste of time that should not be acceptable for an enterprise level product.

  • Charles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Allow one to search for commands / apps / packages used inside the Task Sequence being edited. Some of our's are pretty big and it can be tedious and error prone to search manually.

  • Will commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While I would love to see this in the console, as a workaround you can export the XML and search that file.

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