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  1. Move task sequence parsing into a separate log

    When searching for logging about a particular step in smsts.log, you often have to skip over multiple parsing entries from reboots. Moving the logging about parsing into a different log (smstsinit.log?) would make troubleshooting a bit easier.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback

    We have a couple of open work items to improve task sequence logging and I’ll add this to the list of potential improvements to consider

  2. Allow Limiting the number of characters in a Collection Variable

    We use collection variables when imaging a new machine, Specifically the OSDComputerName variable is used for naming the machines. Sometimes machines get named incorrectly and have too many characters. If I was able to limit the amount of characters that could be used in a Collection Variable, I could set OSDComputerName to be only 15 characters and our task sequences would not fail because the name is too long.

    I would also appreciate if we could exclude special characters from being typed. Thanks!

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  3. can we use iso image in sccm to deploy to all client instead of wim file

    can we use iso image in sccm to deploy to all client instead of wim file

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  4. Allow Install application and install swupdates steps to run offline

    The 2 steps in OSD that cause the majority of issues are Install software updates, and Install application, the latter could have been predicted by the experiences of install software updates in CM07.

    I am convinced that the reason these two are responsible for so many hickups are largely related by their requirement to have management point interaction when calling these steps. All other steps in a tasksequence have collected, or can collect al their info upfront. The install application and swupdate steps are exceptions to this. If they could collect all their necessary details upfront, that would make forā€¦

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  5. OSD during WinPE and the need of disk for storage

    Since bitlocker, UEFI with GPT and mSATA came in the picture to mention some disk-related stuff, I have struggle with OSD issues where the TS fails due to the lack of a non encrypted, partitioned regular disk to store content during the initial steps of a TS in WinPE
    Here is an example, I get an OEM-installed laptop with SecureBoot and UEFI activated. To be able to install Windows 7 on this laptop I have to reconfigure the BIOS and disable SecureBoot and UEFI, fair enough. But to get the OSD TS to work I have to manually clean theā€¦

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    The Task Sequence can be set to use ‘Run from Net’ – OS Image, Client Package etc. have to be set to use Package Share – part of the properties, visible on the ‘Data Access’ tab. Would that option help?

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  6. More characters in the OSD Task Sequence description

    I would like more space in the OSD Task Sequence description field (and possibly even include a link) so that we can adequately tell people what's required before and after running the Task Sequence and to tell them where to find help.

    At the moment, we only have 2-3 lines of text available.

    Perhaps replicate what's currently available in the application model with the Localised description on the Application catalog tab.

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  7. DCR : Change "Pre-download content for Task Sequence" description in GUI

    This is a DCR request to update the Desploy TS wizard. The option to "Pre-Download content for this task sequence" is by itself misleading. Technicians attempting to deploy a TS, select the option "Pre-Download content for this task sequence" believing all content will be downloaded. Leveraging this option with a Software TS or without an upgrade package, often results in unexpected errors.

    By design this features currently only applies to the OS upgrade package and related drivers. The only place this is mentioned in the CONFIGMGR console is when the feature is enabled.
    "Pre-cache content on client for available deploymentā€¦

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    Updating status to Noted. Thanks for the feedback.

    The Pre-download content for this task sequence applies to all statically referenced packages OS Images, SWD, Driver Packages, OS Upgrade Packages. If pre-download is set and the task sequence references 1 OS Image, 20 Driver Packages then all 21 will pre-download to cache. Only the OS Upgrade package uses the pre-download logic – match for Language and Architecture.

    We’ll likely add a ‘Learn more’ FWDLink to something like https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/deploy-use/create-a-task-sequence-to-upgrade-an-operating-system rather than change the string. As we add more objects to use Pre-download conditions then we can keep the link updated.

  8. Link groups or steps together in Task Sequence

    Would be nice to have the ability to link identical groups or steps together, so that when you change one, all the linked ones also change.

    This could be useful if you for example have a lot of repeating tasks in different parts of the task sequence, for example adjustments after reboots, or with different groups for software installations (where the steps are the same).

    Groups\steps would probably need a "Link ID" and a visual change to reflect that the group\step is a linked group\step in the Task Sequence Editor.

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    Hi. Thanks for the feedback. What you’re suggesting is covered with this item – https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/8339997-daisy-chain-task-sequences-osd-and-non-osd

    The idea being steps that are common would be seen as modular – so with the modular steps in a ‘parent’ task sequence(s) an update to the modular would then update in all.

    Please have a read of the link and let me know if that will address your ask. If so then I’ll merge the votes.

    You’ll also see a comment that the Nested Task Sequence has disappeared from Tech Preview – that will be rectified shortly.

  9. Enable "Servicing Screen", similar to W7 Thin PC for large upgrades to prevent PC use...

    Enable a "Service Screen" (similar to W7 Thin PC) for Software Updates, OSD, large-chained deployments to prevent PC use. Make it optional for the Admin to select to use it and basically reboot into "maintenance mode", run all tasks/Adverts and re-enable the standard UI again on the last reboot of the sequence. Enable the OS to get around this mode in safe boot, if necessary...

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  10. MDT features in ConfigMgr

    Per Adam Meltzer's request:

    Instead of having MDT installed by default with CM, have the option to include some of MDT's features into CM.

    "Maybe a better request here would be to have some more feature parity between MDT and Configuration Manager. In other words, at minimum Configuration Manager should have all of the functionality MDT has."

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  11. to Reinstall captured Image on client i must delete the client from SCCM 2012

    to Reinstall captured Image on client i must delete the client from SCCM 2012 anyone know how to solve this issue

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    Hi. Prior to 1610 we ‘sysprepped’ the Client removing Certs, TRK etc. In 1610 we have changed to remove the client completely – see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1610 for What’s New in 1610

    See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/understand/task-sequence-steps#BKMK_PrepareConfigMgrClientforCapture for detail on the changes in the task sequence Prepare ConfigMgr Client for Capture step

    Where you have issues with the client not being fully removed in SCCM 2012. If so can you elaborate on what they were and also let us know if the changes for removing the client address your issues.

  12. Client platform filtering on custom global condition

    Would be nice to filter OSD Task sequences with custom global condition (Run only on the specified platforms).

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  13. Be able to Set autologon during TS for Kiosk PCs

    Hello,

    It would be wonderful if we could set Autologon during task sequence since we can create really nice provisinog package from ADK and use DISM during WinPe to set assigned access to a certain account and app.

    It would be awesome if we could somehow stop SCCM to remove autologon when TS is completed so we dont have to create workarounds after the TS is completed.

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  14. Improve Task Sequence selection, hide testing task sequences, user based policy availability

    we have 10 Task Sequences accross 10 countries, and 10 test task sequences that show up in the same list. It would be nice to be able to easily hide deployments that are only for testing, and not production. If at the beginning of a T.S. , user domain credentials could be entered, and that would determine T.S. availability. Or they could be greyed out if not to be run by that user.

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  15. Problem with verifying connection in Join Domain step

    I'm seeing an issue with verifying the account used for joining the domain in a task sequence. Despite choosing a domain and OU, when I click verify it is defaulting to Users > Contoso

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  16. Allow Task Sequence Editor to retain the window size from the previous session.

    The default window is too small to see the window pane contents properly. It always needs to be enlarged. Either make it larger as a default or allow the user to set the size and retain it across sessions.

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  17. Extra Information about members of collection about required deployments(especially in task sequence)

    When a tasksequence is deployed as required, especially for operating system deployment, the summary screen shows the collection name and the members count.
    This step is very error prone and dangerous in case wrong collection is selected.
    There should be an extra screen before required os depyment task sequence,which shows the collection name and all the members of the collection. Thus, the user will be aware about the error if it makes before.
    an extra security step will be very useful.

    PS: many companies lived this scenario with formatted computers mistakenly :(

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  19. Change State migration point to user based

    You could automate the computer change, if State Migration Point would be user based, not computer based (and existing linking created). When user get's new laptop from pre-installation, she will open it from package and connect cables. After that she logs on and runs State Migration Recovery that loads everything back to the new operating system.

    If using user based model, you don't have to manage MAC-addresses (that aren't in fact known beforehand). Easy to use for end-user:

    1 - Click one - Start scanning [---100%---] OK, shut down the old machine and log on to new one
    2 -ā€¦

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  20. Allow for an advanced filter under 'Run only on..' in task sequence

    Allow for a WMI filter or alternative in the advanced tab of a task sequence so we can run only on that hardware type. For example I have an OSD task sequence that I need to advertise to unknown however I actually only want to run on Model XYZ. This should be evaluated at the WinPE stage and then drop out of the TS if no match is found. This could equally be used similar to the existing format with a TS advertised in the software center.

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    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback. We’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

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