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How to Copy a Task Sequence from one Configuration Manager 2007 Site to Another

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Task sequences are automatically propagated from Configuration Manager 2007 parent sites to Configuration Manager 2007 child sites. However, they are not propagated from child sites to parent sites, or from a Configuration Manager 2007 site in one hierarchy to an Configuration Manager 2007 site in another hierarchy.

A task sequence can be exported as an XML file from one Configuration Manager 2007 site, and imported to another Configuration Manager 2007 site. Only the task sequence itself is exported. No reference packages are exported. Consequently, you must review each imported task sequence using the Task Sequence Editor for any references to packages and ensure that the task sequence references packages that exist in the site you have imported the task sequence to. User passwords and software product keys are also not exported and you will need to create the necessary task sequence steps at the site where the task sequence was imported.

noteNote
If you plan to import more than one task sequence you must close and re-open the Task Sequence Editor after each successful task sequence import.

Use this procedure to copy a task sequence from a Configuration Manager 2007 child site to a Configuration Manager 2007 parent site, or from a Configuration Manager 2007 site in one hierarchy to and Configuration Manager 2007 site in another hierarchy.

How to Copy a Task Sequence from one ConfigMgr Site to Another

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Operating SystemDeployment / Task Sequences.

  2. In the Task Sequences pane, select the task sequence that you want to copy.

  3. In the Action menu, or from the Actions pane, select Export.

  4. In the Save As dialog box, select the location that the task sequence XML file should be saved and enter a file name for the task sequence file. You must save the task sequence as an .XML file.

  5. If necessary, place the task sequence XML file on a network share that can be accessed by the other Configuration Manager 2007 site.

  6. Using the Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console at the other Configuration Manager 2007 site, navigate to Task Sequences.

  7. In the Action menu, or from the Actions pane, select Import.

  8. Browse to the location of the task sequence XML file that you exported, select it, and click Open. Note the path to where the task sequence was imported to and click OK to confirm the import.

  9. The task sequence should now be visible in the list of task sequences. You can also click Refresh the Actions pane to reload list of available task sequence.

    noteNote
    When you import a task sequence into another Configuration Manager 2007 site, it is important to remember that Configuration Manager 2007 only imports the task sequence. It does not import any boot image packages, operating system image packages, or software packages, user passwords, or product keys that are referenced by the task sequence. Consequently, the imported task sequence contains null references to those types of packages.

  10. Select the imported task sequence and edit the task sequence at the new site.

    • Fix any broken package and program references that are needed by the task sequence. All associated programs must be accessible by the task sequence at the new site.

    • Reconfigure any task sequence steps that require a user account or password with appropriate credentials so the task sequence can run at the new Configuration Manager 2007 site.

    • If any task sequence steps require a unique product key, reconfigure the task sequence with the product key information that should be used at the new site.

    • If a boot image is required to run the task sequence you need to associate the task sequence with a boot image that is available at the new site. To associate a new boot image for the task sequence, by right-clicking the task sequence and choosing Properties. Select the Advanced tab and assign the new boot image.

  11. Review the task sequence for any broken or null package references. You can do any of the following:

    • Configure the broken reference to specify an appropriate package at the new Configuration Manager 2007 site.

    • Remove the task sequence step that contains the broken reference.

    • Disable the task sequence step that contains the broken reference.

    • Create a conditional statement for that task sequence step that skips the reference.

    noteNote
    If you run a task sequence that has a task sequence step with a broken reference, by default the task sequence will generate an error for that task sequence step and continue to run.

  12. Verify that all associated user accounts needed by the task sequence steps have the necessary permissions at the new site. For example; the task sequence may have a step that must have permissions to create a computer account, or connect to a network folder at the new site.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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