OSD - Deploy TS to User groups
Would be nice to be able to advertise Task Sequences to specific users or groups. We have some operating system deployments that we would like only certain users to run, support staff for instance.
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Jeffrey Knox commented
This would be super convenient for sending out task sequences to tech support staff. They would not have to refer to the console every time they need to image or upgrade a computer! Sure hope to see this happen.
One use case for this is that we would rather have all OSD task sequences assigned to our Support staff. If they are not physically at the machine they can just remote in and run a rebuild rather than having to muck around with collections and groups.
Rudi Robesin commented
We would like to target task sequences with only applications to users. At the moment we use dependencies or a home made script which utilizes the CM webservice if it becomes to complex. The advantage of doing it that way is that the applications are in the users software center as installed and we also can use supersedence for the user. If deployed to a machine supersedence does not work if newer version is deployed to a user. when you work together with a lot of people in one deployment team dependencies soon get a bit unclear.
Matt Webster commented
This would be superb for managing in place upgrades as part of Windows as a service. The device affinity isn't reliable enough. Amazed this isn't already a feature. Upvoted!
Joe Novo commented
For myself it would be better if we could show/hide the Operating Systems tab in Software Center for specific users groups (just as we can for computer group). And then it would be nice if we could advertise Application TS to Users (not OSD TS), and be able to include a filter.
Dustin Hedges commented
While not exactly what you are looking for, you could use this solution I posted as a possible workaround: https://deploymentramblings.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/configmgr-user-device-affinity-uda-collection-query/
This appears to be the same as this idea which has more votes:
Thomas Osborne commented
This would be huge for us. I have a scenario where we deploy techs to reimage systems. They are very low level (contract) and we don't want them in the console. It would be so much easier to create a user collection with them in it and deploy our refresh OSD task to the Software Center.
Aaron Flaugh commented
It would be nice if we could be able to target users/ user collections and computers for Task Sequences.
For Example: We want to deploy an OSD or Application to say our Finance department.
Or another scenario, would be in small shops we might know a persons name before we would know their computer name.
Give us the option to deploy to just their primary computer.
This would be really useful in my environment because not all TSes are for OSD. For example, one of my TS is for updating the BIOS, but I only want our techs to be able to run it, not regular users. Right now I have a somewhat hokey password prompt in place to keep regular users out, but I have other TS that I'd like to restrict just to certain users/groups.
Laura Melton commented
Allow Task Sequences to be deployed to a user collection.
Current Reason: To allow upgrade TS to only been seen within Software Center by "authorized" people.
Kale Duden commented
Is there any update on this? It would be great to do application groupings to specific user teams. We're already provisioning app access using groups, would love to leverage it for app installs as well.
This would also make it easier for us to deploy our Windows 10 upgrade TS to specific users in a collection, techs, for example. They can then perform the in-place upgrade, on any device that they log into.
Jim Calvin commented
Since TS is the only place to run a command as a specific user, it will allow access to network resources that either Desktop support or normal users shouldn't have access to.
Anthony Fontanez commented
We utilize TS's for USMT. It would be great if we could advertise them to our techs so they can run captures and restores easily.
Jack Smith commented
Since we first started using OSD Task Sequences in 2007, we have been asking for this very feature. We only want our support staff to be able to reimage computers. When we had the Task Sequences advertised "unhidden" we had random users try the Task Sequence and then complain when their computer was unavailable for several hours and....
With very rare exceptions, software deployments install to the computer not the user, even when they are advertised to just the user. How exactly is a Task Sequence different?
Chris Cools commented
We use Task Sequences for most of our software deployments because we often need many dependencies to be installed aside the main application and this in a specific order. Unfortunately, you can't deploy them to user collections, only to device collections. It would be great if a TS could be targeted to users in stead of devices only. Now we have a workaround in place that in essence deploys the TS as an App and can be targeted to user collections. The app contains a PS script to start the device-targeted TS and can be triggered from App Catalog. It would be much easier if we could directly target the TS to the users.