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

      I’m updating the status. For 1606 we’ve made some changes, listed below.
      As more are added we’ll update what Tech Preview/Release they appear in.

      Timeout scan is now configurable
      We added a new task sequence variable to allow a configurable timeout for scan. Variable name is SMSTSSoftwareUpdateScanTimeout, default is 30 minutes. Value is set in seconds so an hour is 60×60=3600

      Logging changes
      In the SMSTS.log we list the log files to check for updates download and evaluation.
      These are UpdateDeployment.log, UpdatesHandler.log, WUAHandler.log and WindowsUpdate.log

      New Option for full scan
      There’s a new checkbox added to the Install Updates step – ‘Evaluate software updates from cached scan results’
      If the checkbox is on we use cached results, if the checkbox is off we do a full scan
      Task Sequences that are upgraded will have this option checked on – this is parity with the existing behavior

      Power management changes…

    • 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

      186 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          9 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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…

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            9 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              4 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Offline Servicing - Select Indexes to Update

              At the moment, when you do Offline Image Servicing on a Server WIM - it applies it to all image indexes (Standard, Standard Core, Datacenter, Datacenter Core, etc...)

              Can we have an option to select which index (or indexes) we would like to service?

              If someone only deploys Standard (gui) and never Datancentre, they don't really need to patch it..

              It would also save some time

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

                Updating status to started.

                We’ve made some changes to image import so that a single index can be selected.

                These changes and other improvements to Offline Servicing are available in our 1901 Technical Preview

                Doc: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/get-started/2019/technical-preview-1901
                Blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Configuration-Manager-Blog/A-New-Perspective-on-Client-Health-in-ConfigMgr-Technical/ba-p/324621

              • Run PowerShell Command in Task Sequence

                In the a Task Sequence you have the option to 'Run PowerShell Script' where you have to specify a package \ script name etc. Could we have 'Run PowerShell Command' this saves having to download the script and run it. For example at the moment I 'Run Command Line' and use 'powershell -command start-sleep 300'. It would be great if we could just run native powershell commands.

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                  4 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Windows 10 Rollback via SCCM

                  The 30 Day Rollback option is available for all windows 10 users, but currently can not be automated using SCCM.

                  This should change, as this feature closely integrates with Microsofts testing strategy of using different branches which grow bigger in size as the rollout of a new build progresses.

                  When planing to integrate a similar scenario, in our case, we anticipate errors which have not been cought in testing of the previous branch and need to be able to quickly restore operations.

                  I am well aware that if all our applications were packaged this would not pose much of a…

                  32 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Updating status

                    These operations can be completed via DISM. From similar feedback Windows addressed this with in the 1803 release.

                    See https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/14875851-windows-10-rollback-via-sccm

                    Initiate-OSUninstall – Intiates a OS Uninstall and takes you back to the previous installation of windows.
                    Remove-OSUninstall – Removes the OS Uninstall capability from the machine.
                    Get-OSUninstallWindow – Displays the number of days after upgrade during which Uninstall can be performed.
                    Set-OSUninstallWindow – Sets the number of days after upgrade during which Uninstall can be performed

                    I’ve tested setting these via Task Sequence with no issues

                  • SMSTSLastActionName

                    In our OSD image we utilize the _SMSTSLastActionRetCode for error capturing. This helps us identify in the log where the image is specifically failing, but it doesn't provide very much value to the technician performing the image.

                    It would be nice if there was an additional variable of _SMSTSLastActionName, which passes the task sequence steps name instead of the return code. This would allow us to display a prompt with the action that failed in addition to the failure code.

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                      1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support PXE responder to run on same server as DHCP

                      Currently it is not supported to use the built in PXE responder on the same server that is running DHCP. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have their own servers for SCCM DPs.

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

                        These changes are now in our 1901 Technical Preview

                        Doc: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/get-started/2019/technical-preview-1901
                        Blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Configuration-Manager-Blog/A-New-Perspective-on-Client-Health-in-ConfigMgr-Technical/ba-p/324621

                        When you enable a PXE responder on a distribution point without Windows Deployment Service, it can now be on the same server as the DHCP service. Add the following settings to support this configuration:
                        Set the DWord value DoNotListenOnDhcpPort to 1 in the following registry key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SMS\DP.
                        Set DHCP option 60 to PXEClient.
                        Restart the SCCMPXE and DHCP services on the server.

                      • Run PowerShell Script Success Codes

                        Would like to see the "Run PowerShell Script" task sequence task have the same Success Codes options as the "Run Command Line" task does. Would provide some additional control in the task sequences.

                        Currently to circumvent this I create a task sequence variable instead of an exit code to handle a subsequent step however I could likely do more if the Success Codes feature was available.

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                        • Automatically remediate Provisioning Mode if client is in this state for x days

                          If a Configuration Manager Client Agent stays more than 2 days in Provisioning Mode it would be helpful if the client leaves this mode. Otherwise the device will not be managed and it makes it impossible to detect such devices as no Compliance checks or anything else can be done on them. It is annoying especially in cases where you Upgraded the OS from a legacy version to Windows 10 and the client stays in Provisioning Mode.

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                            1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • GUI Option for Offline OS Image Servicing Drive

                            When applying updates to a .wim file via offline image servicing the image and update files are copied to the C:\ drive of the site server. The only way to change this behavior from using the C:\ drive to something else is with the following method:

                            https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2013/07/15/customizing-offline-servicing-of-operating-system-images/

                            This is not ideal, and apparently dangerous as one commentor on that page states they may have broken their SCCM environment for not following the instructions exactly.

                            It would be better to have a simple GUI-based option to change this setting, or a least a registry key.

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                              started  ·  1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Specify drive to cache data for creating task sequence media

                              When creating TS media, the cache is always downloaded to the temp folder for the user creating it. Our standard server config only build 100GB OS partitions which fill quickly. My admin PC has 256GB SSD primary with 1TB data drive. My SSD is filled with applications and other items but i have lots of free space on my data drive.
                              Trying to create standalone media fills the remaining space on my SSD and eventually fails. The option to choose to cache the content to my data drive would work as there is a lot more space available.

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                              • BootMedia Version and PackageID

                                Place a file on the BootMedia to identify it with the PackageID and the Package Source Version. If you have different BootMedias (Test, Prod, ...) or FieldService that does not know which one they used to create the USB Stick, it would be very helpful, to easily find the PackageID and the Version of the Media.

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                                • Make it possible to show the Windows Upgrade GUI during an in place upgrade

                                  Actually there is no option to show the GUI for the Windows 10 upgrades. The users want to know what’s going on during an in Place upgrade.

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

                                    Updating status to Started.

                                    Our SCCM 1902.1 Technical Preview is released and contains the changes to the task sequence progress UI. Try it out and let us know your thoughts.

                                    For more info:
                                    Doc: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/get-started/2019/technical-preview-1902
                                    Blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Configuration-Manager-Blog/Making-sure-you-see-deployment-notifications-ConfigMgr-Technical/ba-p/332674

                                  • Add the option to set timeouts on more task sequence steps

                                    We recently added a task sequence step which involves querying a Dell web API for warranty information to write to WMI during OSD. We use a Run PowerShell script step for that. Unfortunately the Dell API is not always responsive which can lead to the TS hanging up on that step. I'm going to create a program for it for now so that it has a timeout, but it would be great if the Run PowerShell Script TS step had the option to check a box and specify a timeout period like some other steps have.

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

                                      Updating status to started – we’ve made some recent improvements to the Run PowerShell Script step, some of these are in the 1811 Technical Preview. The changes for setting a timeout will be in a future Tech Preview, we’ll update which release has these changes.

                                      For more info:
                                      Doc: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1811
                                      Blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Configuration-Manager-Blog/Add-PowerShell-script-content-directly-in-the-TS-Editor-using/ba-p/294264
                                      Try it out and let us know your thoughts, all feedback welcome, thanks.

                                    • Distribute Task Sequence content to cloud distribution point

                                      In TP1802, new feature allow Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence via cloud management gateway, which is very good feature, so please allow distribute Task Sequence content to cloud distribution point. In this moment, clould distribution point is not in the list when try to distribute Task sequence contents.

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

                                        Thank you for the feedback. Updating status to Started, I’ll mark as complete when 1810 is completed.

                                        With the changes we made to allow the Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence work with CMG. We also updated the task sequence distribution to no longer filter for Cloud DPs

                                        This change was made in 1806 release. If you’re on 1806, please try it out and let us know if this addresses you ask.

                                      • Update ZTIGather.wsf for new Win32_SystemEnclosure values

                                        Line 419, add values 30, 31, 32:
                                        Case "8", "9", "10", "11", "12", "14", "18", "21", "30", "31", "32"

                                        http://thinkdeploy.blogspot.com/2017/04/new-enclosure-types-for-convertible.html

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                                          0 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add import code button to new Run PowerShell script task sequence step

                                          The 1811 Technical Preview added a "enter or paste a PowerShell script" function to the "Run PowerShell script" Task Sequence step. That is an awesome feature, but even more awesome would an import code button that automatically puts the code in for you when you direct it to a .ps1 script.

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