Application Task Sequence
For complex software deployments, we regularly use Task Sequences to sequence reboots and installation orders, as well as containing logic on the various steps to only run when certain conditions are met. This allows for much more complex and flexible deployments.
The problem is, if a reboot step is initiated, no Task Sequence progress is displayed to the user to let them know that installations are taking place behind the scenes. To them, the reboot occurs and then they return to the CTRL+AT+DEL screen.
It would be great if a new class of Task Sequence could be created that would show progress to the interactive user after a reboot. Call these "Application Task Sequences"
David Stein commented
Looks like Application Bundles will address this from a different angle.
Duncan B commented
So I change the lock/welcome screen to a custom message before the reboot (something like "updates installing, do not log in until this screen disappears") and then replace it before the last reboot. Works well, would be nice to have a custom handler though
I think this could potentially be as easy as allowing us to create a deployment type that is a task sequence... This could be a pre-existing task sequence or the ability to create a new one..
Nick Beaulieu commented
I want this as well. It would also make it easier if a task sequence for an application shows up in the Software Center under the applications section, instead of the Operating Systems section like it does now.
This also occurs on our Win10 In-place upgrade TS as well as the Win10 Feature upgrades TS. We put a reboot in early on the in the TS because we see a lot of errors happen if the OS is not rebooted 1st. But then it just sits at the login prompt waiting for the Agent to initialize and continue on with the TS. Users think its already finished and try to login causing interference with the running TS.