Schedule Phased Deployments
When setting up a normal (non-phased) deployment, you can schedule a date and time for the deployment to start.
Having the same ability for phased deployments would be very handy!
In my case, I need to reimage shared use computer labs starting tonight after they close for the holiday. Ideally I would schedule the first phase to begin with specific datetime then allow the phases to proceed automatically. Looks like I can configure deadline behavior to start specific hours in the future, but this isn't as obvious or as easy as it could be.
Just to add to this suggestion in case it's not clear, it would be really useful to schedule not only the deployment start date but also the dates (and time) for the rest of the deployment phases.
Ryan Hathaway commented
I think the point is the start time of the initial deployment. I don't want the beginning of my deployment to be the second I finish the wizard. I would want it to initially start after business hours in the maintenance window.
Ok ... but the whole point of Phased updates is to make the phases based on reaching some kind of success/fail. If you want to make it based on date ... use normal deployments? What, specifically, are you looking for here that normal date-based deployments don't do?
Kris Titeca commented
Indeed and this is sometimes required in environments with strict change management where the start of each phase needs to be defined upfront.