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.
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
Levi Stevens commented
Bob - We may not always want to pre-cache content, and I think it would be GREAT if you also provided a download status for all in-progress downloads via Software Center, if there are 9 patches and 3 software packages in the download queue, show the download status for all of them! The task sequence should just "aggregate" these when running a Task Sequence.