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  1. Fix the Software Update Task Sequence (built-in TS patching during OSD)

    How is this still a problem? Ask any MVP and they all agree: the built-in task sequence for patching during OSD doesn't work. It doesn't survive double reboots, it has a upper patch limit before it crashes ... it's basically garbage. I don't mind making golden images in MDT, but I shouldn't _have_ to ... and yet I do. I makes SCCM feel less like a singular solution.

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    59 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for all your suggestions and feedback, updating status to completed.

    SCCM 1902 fast Ring released today
    Blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Configuration-Manager-Blog/Update-1902-for-Configuration-Manager-current-branch-is-now/ba-p/376516
    Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1902

    Updates added to the previous response, these documents are the first iteration and we’ll continue to add and improve.
    We’d ask if you encounter issues with the Install Updates step to file a bug or engage support so we have logs etc. to work with to help diagnose and solve your issues. Also, if there’s specific asks for additions to the feature or documentation please open additional User Voice items.

    Today we published a new article and related flowchart to provide some insight and guidance for using the Install Software Updates task sequence step.

    Announcement
    https://twitter.com/AaronCzechowski/status/1102647530339221504

    Link to document:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/understand/install-software-updates

    Flowchart at full size
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/understand/media/ts-step-install-software-updates.svg

    - Flowcharts; the install updates proved popular. We’ve had asks for the same for Peer Cache, Task Sequence Pre-cache, Software Distribution Troubleshooting and more.…

  2. Daisy chain Task Sequences (OSD and non-OSD)

    I would like to see the ability to launch one task sequence from within another task sequence. For some processes, you run the same steps across multiple deployments. Today, you have to duplicate these steps across many task sequences. The ability to execute a task sequence from a task sequence would alleviate this need and reduce errors and inconsistencies for administrators.

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    64 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This features is included in #ConfigMgr 1710 release.

    General Blog: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/?p=67486
    Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1710

    The notes for the 1711 Tech Preview apply here too and we’ll continue to work on these

    Console actions are fixed in many instances where we didn’t traverse the referenced packages/content
    Export now exports child task sequence and referenced content – secrets are cleared from the referenced task sequences too
    Task Sequence import now works and detects duplicates
    Copy action copies parent and all reference to child task sequences
    Delete action detects if there’s a parent child relationship and displays what’s affected
    Similarly deleting packages that are in child task sequences is detected and shown in the delete package wizard
    Initially we had limited to one level – now there’s no limit, but use that wisely
    Related to the above, we do not permit a circular reference i.e. a parent cannot reference same parent, a parent cannot…

  3. Collapsable Task Sequence groups

    Allow the groups in a Task Sequence to be collapsed allowing a better overall view.

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    16 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Allow us to disable, hide or edit the "Confirm that you want to install a new operating system on your computer" popup

    Wouldn't it make a lot of sense to be able to disable the "Confirm that you want to install a new operating system on your computer" prompt that you see when you launch an OSD task sequence in Windows.

    Right now you cannot change this behaviour, in addition you cannot even customize the text.

    What I'd like to see is the following (particularly with the Windows 10 Upgrade task sequence being used within Windows.)

    * ability to DISABLE this popup via the deploy ts wizard
    * ability to EDIT the popup's text to something more 'fitting' (think about Upgrade...)

    and…

    464 votes
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    28 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Updating to completed. 1702 is released, see here for more details https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1702

    From TAP and Tech Preview we’ve had some feedback, e.g.
    - make only the headline and first line required
    - have sample text
    - allow customizing where the task sequence appears Applications or Operating Systems regardless of properties
    If there’s additional feedback or changes please send them on either via User Voice, or mail.

    Thanks

  5. Convert from Legacy BIOS to UEFI using one task sequence

    Scenario:
    You have a current environment where you have deployed Windows 7 x64 OS, or similar, and you have your BIOS configured in Legacy mode.
    You would like to be able to take advantage of the new Windows 10 features, such as "Credential Guard" therefore you need to enable Secure Boot and UEFI BIOS.
    You would like to do this in one task sequence.

    This scenario currently is not possible because SCCM knows if you are running UEFI or not - and has builtin safeguards.

    Workaround:
    Currently it's possible to create 2 task sequences.
    1 Task contains the following:
    Script…

    265 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Task Sequence - View Only option

    Add Option to View TS, instead of "edit". Often times I just want to look at a TS for reference, and not edit it. Just safe guarding the TS from my accidental clicks.

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    10 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Task Sequence Deployment through Cloud Management Gateways

    Provide support for the use of task sequences to deploy or update Windows 10 clients through a cloud management gateway.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Task Sequence Error Dialog Box Needs to Show Step Name

    The error dialog box for the task sequence shows the error code, but does not show you what step threw the error.
    - Show the step name on the default error dialog box.
    - The modal dialog box for errors goes directly over the progress dialog box, so you can’t see the step from there without using the mouse.
    - You may not have mouse support, especially when you are RDPing into a box with a VMware or Hyper-V console… which means this is REALLY frustrating

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    9 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. F8 Troubleshooting Environment Steroids (F8TES)

    Replace the OSD Boot Image "Enable CMD Support (testing only)" feature with something that is more robust, helpful, and useful outside of testing like the F8 Troubleshooting Environment Steroids (F8TES).

    Info: Display full name of task sequence and its ID
    Info: Display full name of TS Deployment and its ID
    Info: Display full name and type of error step
    Info: Display error code
    Info: (Stretch Goal) Display useful error message for top 10 errors

    Button: “Open Command Prompt”
    - Launches the command prompt
    - Defaults to Insert instead of Overwrite (it currently defaults to overwrite in the WinPE phase)

    Button:…

    188 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Ability to click back when and re-try when a Task Sequence dependency is not found

    At the minute have to completely restart the TS when a dependency is not found. Could we not introduce a retry option once the dependency issue is resolve. Similar to checking for installation pre-req's

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    6 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Add Reboot Count functionality to the Disable BitLocker TS Step

    Newer versions of the BitLocker management tools (specifically manage-bde) now support the ability to suspend the BitLocker protection for defined number of reboots. The current Disable BitLocker TS step only suspends BitLocker for 1 reboot. There are cases that having a defined number of reboots (or indefinitely until re-enabled at the end of a TS) can come in handy (flashing the BIOS, MBR2GPT, In-place Upgrade with PINs, etc.).

    Please add this functionality to the Disable BitLocker TS step for the operating systems that support it.

    122 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Add OSD Variable to not send Status Messages

    Now that TS support installing applications list, it would be good to have a TS Variable such as SMSTSSendStatusMessage that would allow us to not send status messages like offline media. Or in some cases to send status messages when using Offline media.

    When installing a TS that has all content cached and the machine is offline the TS tries to send status messages and when it fails it retries a number of times increasing the overall time of the TS deployment, however it will complete successfully.

    121 votes
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  13. Upgrade Operating System Task should be able to use Windows Servicing Content and Allow user interaction

    Problem:
    • Current state of windows 10 servicing via upgrade sequence requires full media to take the client through setup.
    o Full media is 2x the size of existing ESD (upgrade content)
    o The Upgrade Operating System step does not allow the end user to defer the reboot nor does it warn the user of a reboot pending once setup has been kicked off

    Change Request (Requirements)
    I. The Upgrade Operating System step in the task sequence shall permit the administrator to reference windows 10 servicing content
    II. The Upgrade Operating System step in the task sequence shall permit the…

    116 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Updating status to completed – see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/find-help#send-a-suggestion for an explanation of each value.

    This ask spans a couple of areas, we’ve addressed the system reboot customization with the variable SMSTSRebootDelayNext – I’ll close this item and return your votes to you.

    For using ESD, we have this item https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/16896706-windows-10-upgrade-servicing if you want to add your votes to that.

    [Aaron Smith – I’ve sent you a couple of messages to help solve your issue, let me know the status, thanks]

  14. Set a default or preferred boot image for PXE

    Have an option to set a specific boot image for PXE. In an environment where there are multiple boot images, when a device PXE boots it will first download whichever boot image (that is PXE capable) associated with the most recently deployed task sequence. It would be nice to have an easier way to just set a default or preferred boot image for PXE instead.

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    5 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Updating Status to completed

    The behavior is document at the link below – How is the boot image selected for clients booting with PXE?
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/deploy-use/use-pxe-to-deploy-windows-over-the-network#how-is-the-boot-image-selected-for-clients-booting-with-pxe

    As this item is now closed we’ll likely miss any new comments, to report issues see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/find-help

  15. Fix very slow content download (and constant certificate checks) - in a HTTPS Only infra - for OS upgrades through Task Sequence.

    Basically we observe a very slow content download ("Upgrade Operating System" + "Download package content" step, for the driver packs) when doing Win10 in-place upgrade through a TS over HTTPS.
    Issue occurs on both Win10 1607/1703, using SCCM 1802 (back-end and client).
    Approx. 90% of the smsts.log entries are all about certificate validation (sometimes even multiple times for 1 downloaded file).
    After each selection/validation action, a status of <success> is returned.. but only seconds later the same selection/validation is attempted over and over again.

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  16. Run PowerShell Script item in Task Sequences should allow alternate credentials

    Right now, if I need to run a PS script in a Task Sequence requires to use the Run Command Line item using PowerShell.exe. However, if I want to run a script with parameters, then I must use the -command option for PowerShell.exe, which has some odd parsing problems that can cause scripts to fail when run this way.

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    12 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Integrate /ResetBase and WIM Optimization/Exporting into Offline Servicing

    In the interest in making my OS deployment task sequences as fast and as optimized as possible, I always optimize WIM files anytime they're updated or re-created.

    In my build/capture task sequence, I add a step at the very end before capture to run DISM /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase so that all of the superseded updates are removed from the base image before it is captured. This results in a smaller WIM file and obviously, faster deployment times.

    With the built-in Offline Servicing option for OS images, once new updates are added, they remain in the component store of the image when…

    76 votes
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  18. Add support for tftp windowsize

    I think it would be great if SCCM could have a configurable value in registry for TFTP windowsize just as it has with TFTP blocksize. Both WDS and bootmgr.exe seem to handle it but there is no easy way to get this option into the generated BCD file upon PXE boot. Seems like a low hanging fruit.

    70 votes
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  19. Need support for Option 82 in PXE DHCP handshake as network tenant based on BGP/MPLS needs it for forwarding to DHCP Client.

    In order to avoid using distributed PXE Servers a support of the Option on PXE DHCP Handshake would make proper inter tenant forwarding possible.

    57 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Updating status to completed – see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/find-help#send-a-suggestion for an explanation of each value.

    Our 1906 release is now available and has added support for option 82. Please note this only applies to the new PXE responder.

    Blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Configuration-Manager-Blog/Update-1906-for-Configuration-Manager-current-branch-is-now/ba-p/775553

    Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1906

  20. Stop CMTrace from asking us if we want to use it as the default viewer for log files in WinPE

    Please add the following registry keys to WinPE whenever a Boot Image is created/updated to prevent it from asking every time if we want to use CMTrace as the default viewer for log files:

    Reg add HKU\Software\Classes\.lo_ /ve /d Log.File /f

    Reg add HKU\Software\Classes\.log /ve /d Log.File /f

    Reg add HKU\Software\Classes\Log.File\shell\open\command /ve /d "\"x:\sms\bin\i386\CMTrace.exe\" \"%%1\"" /f

    See more here: https://miketerrill.net/2017/05/13/how-to-open-cmtrace-in-winpe-like-a-boss/

    51 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Updating status to completed

    This is available in our 1802 release, details below

    General Blog: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/?p=69422

    Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1802

    One question I’ve been asked a few times is ‘can I take the copy of CMTrace from the Tech Preview build and use it with my version of SCCM?’ – answer is Yes.

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