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Task Sequence Property - Software Center class

Task Sequence Property - Software Center class
Currently, Task Sequences only show up under OS Deployments list. There are many people who utilize task sequences for application based deployments and setups on systems out there. For it to only show here on the new Software Center makes it confusing for end users.

Solution: Dropdown menu on Task Sequence properties to tag it for either the OS Deployments or Application categories on software center. This way, it can easily be controlled where it needs to show up.

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  • Tom Stack commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed, often when there is software that has prereq's that require restart, uninstalls that must be managed, or complicated installs that requires multiples MSI's its much easier to use a TS this would be nice.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with this one...if we can't have application installs that can perform multiple steps within the same installation then we need to use task sequences but they can be scary to our customers to use them since they appear and behave as if they're installing a new operating system. If we can have them appear as software then this fear will go away and so will our complexity!

  • Brian Hepplewhite commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Couldn't agree more with the idea and subsequent comments, glad that I found the idea before submitting it again myself.

    Any chance of being able to specify a custom icon at the same time? Why that feature has been left out of package deployments is also a bit of a mystery, since it really does help end users identify "their" software in a long list.

  • Ilkka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In Configuration Manager 1706 the Non-OS Task Sequences are shown under Applications as long as the Task Sequence does not contain an assigned boot image and the User Notification option is not enabled.

    Th User Notifications is very good addition to the Task Sequence, but since using it automatically categorizes the TS as Operating System Deployment, using it in a Software only TS is difficult from user documentation / communication perspective. Having an option to tag it as OS or Application TS would resolve this issue.

  • DeployGuy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there any other way to do a multiple install with one or more System restarts except using a Task Sequence, does the application model support this by using supersedence?

  • DeployGuy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Using Task Sequences for Application Deployment is simpler than using the application model, simpler is faster and faster costs less. Plus many custom steps can be needed for application vendors who do not follow the msi rules or for special environmental considerations. Creating separate applications as individual steps in a complex multi-nested install is not the optimum paradigm. Why restrict such a powerful methodology, Instead allow it and let the customer choose which method is best for their environment.

  • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would just like to add that the option to tag the TS as an Update would be helpful as well since Windows 10 Servicing is considered an Update and are often deployed with a TS.

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