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  1. 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…

    • 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 →
      • 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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          29 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

        • 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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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 →
              • 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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                  1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  84 votes
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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

                  • Add support for using one USB Ethernet adapter with multiple computers

                    With many laptops and tablet devices not having wired Ethernet adapters built in, it is necessary to use USB Ethernet adapters to use OSD with these systems. However, Configuration Manager currently associates the MAC address of the adapter with the first computer it was used on, which causes issues re-using the adapter. Please add an option for the MAC of the USB Ethernet adapter to be automatically removed from Configuration Manager at the end of the OSD sequence. Only the built in wireless adapter should be associate with the device after OSD.

                    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/07/28/how-to-use-the-same-external-ethernet-adapter-for-multiple-sccm-osd.aspx

                    80 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        10 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

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                          6 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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/

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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.

                          • Hardware inventory sould include Secure Boot state by default

                            In ConfigMgr TP 1701 the Hardware Inventory now collects UEFI information. To complete the story the Secure Boot should also be included by default.

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                              3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Secret task sequence variable value Exposed

                              We have the need to run a command line in the task sequence and leverage a secret value TS variable ADMACCTPW set with the local admin account password. Example Run Command Line "net user admin %ADMACCTPW%
                              The issue is in the SMSTS.log the variables are all expanded like the ProgramName = 'net user admin mynewadminpassword' InstallSoftware 7/1/2016 12:58:58 PM 4468 (0x1174)

                              Thereby exposing the secret value TS variable

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

                                Thanks for the additional comments.

                                There was a bug where if the task sequence steps were reordered then the variable was replaced by a GUID, this was fixed 8 September. Any Technical Preview from 1809 onwards would have the fix – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/technical-preview

                                Please note, we don’t always look back on comments for items that are marked closed. For bug reports please use Feedback Hub or Send a Frown to submit this to the product group. For more information, see: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/find-help

                                Updating to completed – this item is addressed in our 1806 release. Thanks for the suggestions and feedback

                                General Blog: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/07/31/update-1806-for-configuration-manager-current-branch-is-now-available/

                                Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1806

                              • Don't Set CCMClient to Provisioning mode if running Compat /SCANONLY option

                                Currently, anytime you run the upgrade OS step, it set the client into provisioning mode, despite the options you're choosing. Could this be changed, that if you pick "Compatibility scan without upgrade" it would NOT put the client into provisioning mode.

                                I've had users reboot the computer when the scan was running (silently in the background), and then the client was in provisioning mode.

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

                                  Updating Status to completed. This was addressed in our 1806 release – thanks for the suggestion and feedback

                                  General Blog: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/07/31/update-1806-for-configuration-manager-current-branch-is-now-available/

                                  Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1806

                                  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

                                  re: Gary Blok
                                  Which version of SCCM are you using? We have multiple checks to reset ProvisioningMode to false in event of Rollback.
                                  Would you be ok with contact to gather logs from one of the rollback and some other info.?

                                • Provide a method for expiring standalone media

                                  There are many ways to expire standalone media but most involve using a date stamp to compare with system time to determine if the sequence is still supported. Changing the system time circumvents this process. With Windows Servicing, it will be critical that an administrator be able to limit installation at or near the end of a support cycle. A supported process for expiring media programmatically ensures new devices aren't installed outside of a supported servicing window.

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                                    4 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • WinPE PeerCaching - Applications

                                    Add the ability to cache Applications via WinPE PeerCaching. This would allow admins to fully pre-populate a location with content: This would be huge, and a game changer for a lot of organizations that don't own a 3rd party solution.

                                    The WinPE PeerCaching, as it is now, works great, for the content it can do. Adding Applications would make this a complete solution, instead of a stop gap to a 3rd party solution.

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                                      completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow Retry After Early Failures in OSD Instead of Angry Reboot

                                      There are a lot of common failures right at the beginning of the task sequence that cause a lot of anger. Can we please allow a retry for these three common scenarios that happen right at the start?

                                      No Network Connection
                                      - If you hit “Next” before the network has started… or before your network cable was plugged in, it should give you an error that you can retry after the network situation is fixed.

                                      No Task Sequence Found
                                      - This often comes up because there really is no task sequence targeting the device, even though you thought it should…

                                      34 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for all the feedback, updating to completed. SCCM 1702 is now available, see here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/changes/whats-new-in-version-1702 for more details. Check the section “Return to previous page when a task sequence fails”

                                        Other feedback items for showing the missing references, Unknown vs. Known are all captured in our database and will be considered for future releases.

                                      • Task Sequences should be supported outside of operating system deployment scenarios

                                        Task sequences are only officially supported in operating system deployment scenarios. Task sequences are incredibly useful with their explicit logic and tight control. There's many cases where it can be useful to deploy task sequences outside of operating system deployment scenarios for complex software deployment scenarios.

                                        Task sequences should be made a first class citizen outside of operating system deployment scenarios.

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                                          8 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Include a checkbox for BranchCache in Task Sequences

                                          - same as exits for Package/Programs and Apps and Updates!

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