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  1. Better Task Sequence Step Options Tab Editor

    Currently you can only remove and remove all from a task sequence option condition. I think it would be very helpful and time saving if you could copy/cut/paste conditionals from a right click menu.

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    3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  2. DCR: Boot Images. Provide an option to prevent re-downloading boot images (Boot / Prestage Media)

    Scenario: You create a Boot Media or Prestaged Media. Current behaviour is that as long as the boot image version from creation date matches the version inside the infrastructure everything is fine. System is starting Windows PE and executes the Task Sequence. If you add for example a new driver now to the boot image the new version causes Configuration Manager to download the boot image inside Windows PE and another restart into the updated version of the boot image. In case of a Prestaged Media scenario this painful, as UEFI systems might no longer work.

    Possible SOLUTION: Add aā€¦

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  3. Remove from Collection / Move to Collection in OSD

    Sometimes it might be handy to remove a computer from the OSD collection as a final step during the task sequence. Or additionally add the computer to additional collection(s) for for example extra software deployment or another task sequence.
    Now scripts need to be created therefore and in my experience this doesn't always work well.
    A predefined step where the collectionname or collectionID needs to be added to add (or remove) the computer to (or from) would be much appreciated.

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  4. Task Sequence Step / Action / Option "Generate Custom Status Message

    It would be really helpful to have the possibility to generate a Status Message with a custom Message ID from within a tasksequence. Maybe as a seperate step, maybe as an checkmark under the "Options" tab.

    This message ID could be used to trigger a Status Filter Rule more granular to improve overall Status Filter Rule performance.

    Example: A company with 20k Clients deploys Operating Systems and Software via task sequences, the result ist that there are hundreds of thousands of 11171 events. When we are able to set a Message ID 65000 in the OSD Task Aequence, we areā€¦

    60 votes
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  5. Add the option to run a package and Run Command line from DP

    We have the possibility to select to "Access content directly from the DP" when deploying a operating System image in a Task Sequence. It would be great to be able to do this for "Run Command Lines" as well.
    Example scenario, you want to run a Powershell script from a package before the disk is formatted in a scenario where we use Bitlocker for instance.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  6. OSD Task Sequence Restart Computer step needs "if reboot pending" option

    Please add to the Restart Computer OSD task sequence step an option that will check if the system requires a reboot and then only restart the computer if it needs to. Right now to work around this need, we have to execute a PowerShell script and write the results to a custom task sequence variable and then use that variable as a condition on the Restart Computer step. Adding this option natively would be much more elegant. Attached is the script we're using.

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  7. Mac

    Provide Mac Provisioning with CM12.

    Other vendors provide the ability to image and fully manage the Mac device, when will Configuration Manager provide this feature? Imaging Windows platforms is only part of a corporation desktop landscape, we also support Mac, having a single solution would make logical sense.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  8. allow export all task sequences or folder of task sequences

    We have many task sequences, sorted into folders for multiple users, when it comes to archiving them, it's tedious, we'd like to archive multiple task sequences by user (or by folder), this would be great, right now you have to export one task sequence at a time which is tedious.

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  9. Make the SMSTSPreferredAdvertID feature work without requiring all systems having to be targeted

    It would be really useful if the SMSTSPreferredAdvertID feature would work without every CM Client (known or unknown) needing to have the policy for the hidden deployment. This is usually set using a front end menu by a technician or end user driven deployment. If there are multiple task sequence deployments that need to be available, this could result in a large amount of unnecessary policies. The other option is to have a webservice drop a system in a collection prior to kicking off the task sequence engine, however this has drawl backs and can result in a delay inā€¦

    42 votes
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  10. Option to direct import images from MS VLSC

    It would be convenient to have a method to enter/save your volume licensing credentials to have it directly download an iso from the volume licensing site, extract the wim into a designated storage location, and then import it directly into the console. This would especially be nice considering the more frequent release of new Windows 10 builds. I like running my B&C from the newest image available.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  11. Task Sequence deployment option of "While no user is logged on"

    Give us the option to restrict a required Task Sequence to "When no user is logged on" This would be particularly helpful when using Task Sequences to push out Application updates. That way if the TS tries to run while a user is logged on it won't fail as soon as it hits the applications which are set to "When no user is logged on"

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  12. Use SMSTSRebootDelay value during 'Install Application' Step

    Use the value from the built-in variable SMSTSRebootDelay for reboots that occur during the 'Install Application - Install applications according to dynamic variable list' step. This would reduce the time for OS deployments.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    This is also similar to ‘Allow suppression of exit codes during Install Application Task Sequence Step’
    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  13. AD Authentication for PXE boot

    It would be useful to integrate AD authentication in the WinPE boot image for PXE boot OSD.

    When deploying operating systems with MDT and WDS, users are prompted to authenticate against AD when PXE booting. However, in SCCM the only supported way to secure the PXE point is with a DP password that all users share.

    There are third party "hacks" which can integrate AD authentication in the WinPE boot image (Johan Arwidmark's ADSI drivers) but it seems like this would be simple to implement within the product itself since it is already done in MDT/WDS.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  14. Have a Task Sequence Step to call the Uninstall of an Application and support both the Standard Install and Dynamic Install.

    While a Step for Run Command line can be used for most Windows Installer, if an application uses a EXE it would be nice for the application to be downloaded and the exe used.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  15. WPF Support in WinPE

    A lot of folks are building WPF apps and frontends that are used at the start of OSD. The most recent PE has stopped supporting this all together. I'm not sure if this is the correct user voice, but the ability to whip up an app to run in PE makes OSD a lot more flexible. It'd be excellent to have it back and to have it be a bit more robust.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →

    Updating status to Noted.

    Thanks for the feedback, certainly understand the frustration at not being able to use WPF anymore.

    I’m not really sure what to do with this item as we do not own WinPE. Also, the documentation here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/winpe-add-packages--optional-components-reference – calls out WPF is not supported.

    There’s some more information and a workaround posted here – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-10-AMA/WPF-Support-in-WinPE-for-ADK-1809/td-p/301520

    You mentioned ‘correct user voice’ – I could not find one for WinPE. This is the Windows Server UV – https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295047-general-feedback

    Let us know if any of this information helps.

  16. Preflight checks support in OSD for Win10 upgrades

    Provide a better way to support preflight checks for OS upgrades in terms of success/error being shown to users. Being able to show users a warning sign instead of a hard stop error would give better user experience. Currently, we either get "Installed successful" message, with having continue on error checked, or hard stop or scary error message that's presented to users if requirements aren't met. Everyone uses preflight checks now for OSD, please support it better with better notifications (customized) and error/warning handling.

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    Thanks for the feedback – updating status to Noted. See https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configmgreng/2016/03/11/configmrguv/

    As mentioned there’s some excellent samples provided from our MVP community. We’ll likely break this item to distinct pieces e.g. expanding Check Readiness step to test for Battery/Is Wired etc.

    As well as preflight using /Compat prior to upgrade can help with finding issues before deployment. For 1806 that will now run without stopping CCMExec (setting ProvisioningMode).
    Coupled with using /Compat for upgrade Windows produced SetupDiag to help diagnose upgrade blockers in more detail – see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag

  17. Pre-Cache of task sequence content "Files Cached" notification

    When deploying Operating Systems, we are using the Pre-Cache so customers can install at a more suitable time; however there is no notification in Software Centre to advise if the files required for install have been cached.

    This leaves a "pot luck" install, especially for those on slower broadband links on whether the install will start instantly, or if it still has to download the content and wait an inexplicit amount of time before the install can take place.

    Can the "Available" change to "Ready to install now" or similar, so customers know they wont have to wait for downloadingā€¦

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  18. Add Battery, Power state check to Task Sequence "Check Readiness"

    Add Battery, Power state check to Task Sequence "Check Readiness"

    Would be nice to add an extra option there to check the power state, this is very important for when making a task sequence available to the user.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback. Weā€™re looking at moving the functionality of the Check Readiness step to the task sequence properties and this is one of the additions were considering. Please note this is not scheduled work yet.

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  19. Boot Image Password protection - make "enable command prompt" in boot images more secure

    Make it possible to password protect the F8 command prompt during OSD.

    the F8 support is very usefull for troubleshhoting but it is alos a security issue. Having two bootmedias (one with and one without) isn't a workaround since you will have to reboot to get the F8 support and the problem may not occur during the second atempt.

    Allowing us to password protect the prompt gives a secure function that doesn't require a reboot when you have to troubleshoot.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  20. Allow suppression of exit codes during Install Application Task Sequence Step

    During an OSD deployment we install several applications that return a reboot exit code.

    Each time they install they reboot, rebooting takes a minutes or two to restart the task sequence engine so each application is adding 2-3 minutes to the build time.

    I would like to ignore these reboot exit codes because I know I will be rebooting at the end. We would prefer to not have a separate application for OSD and for Software Center.

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    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

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