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Operating System Deployment: Task Sequence Editor

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

Use the Task Sequence Editor to modify new or existing task sequences. Task sequence can be organized into groups of task sequence steps. If either Install an existing image package or Build a reference operating system image package was selected when the New Task Sequence Wizard was run, the task sequence will contain a set of baseline task sequence groups and steps. If Create a new custom task sequence was selected when the New Task Sequence Wizard was run, then an empty task sequence is created.

The Task Sequence Editor displays the task sequence groups and steps in the tree view on the left side of the editor window. When you select a task sequence group or step, its properties are displayed next to the tree view with two or more tabs that you can select to configure settings for that task sequence group or step. Task sequence groups and steps can be nested within other task sequence groups.

Add
Click Add to add one of the following items to the task sequence list. The item will be added after the task sequence group or step you have highlighted in the task sequence list box.

  • New Group: Adds a new group of task sequence steps to the task sequence list box.

  • General Steps: Expands to display a list of basic task sequence steps that you can add to the task sequence list. General steps can be used in any task sequence regardless of whether the task sequence is deploying an operating system.

  • Deployment Steps: Expands to display a list of task sequence steps that are specific to the deployment of an operating system image package.

  • Build Steps: Expands to display a list of task sequence steps that are specific to the creation of a reference computer and the capture of its image.

Remove
Select a task sequence group or step in the task sequence list box and click Remove to delete it from the task sequence list box. If you remove a group, all task sequence steps in that group are also removed.

Move Up
Select a task sequence step or group in the task sequence list box and use the Move Up arrow to change its position in the list. The position of a task sequence in the list determines when that task sequence is run on a destination computer.

noteNote
When you move a task sequence step, be aware that you can move it into and out of groups in the task sequence using this button. Moving a task sequence step into and out of groups can affect the way the task sequence step and the task sequence itself runs. For example, if you move a stand-alone task sequence step that immediately follows a task sequence group up one click, it will not appear to have moved, but will be indented in the task sequence tree view. The indentation indicates that the task sequence step is now part of the task sequence group and is no longer stand-alone. Use the tree view to note the position of the task sequence step in the task sequence as you move it.

Move Down
Select a task sequence step or group in the task sequence list box and use the Move Down arrow to change its position in the list. The position of a task sequence in the list determines when that task sequence is run on a destination computer.

noteNote
When you move a task sequence step, be aware that you can move it into and out of groups in the task sequence using this button. Moving a task sequence step into and out of groups can affect the way the task sequence step and the task sequence itself runs. For example, if you move the last task sequence step in a group down one click, it will not appear to have moved, but will no longer be indented as part of the group. Use the tree view to note the position of the task sequence step in the task sequence as you move it.

General Steps

The following general task sequence steps can be added to the task sequence list box:

 

Step Reference

Run Command Line

Run Command Line

Install Software

Install Software

Install Software Update

Install Software Updates

Join Domain or Workgroup

Join Domain or Workgroup

Connect to Network Folder

Connect to Network Folder

Reboot to Windows PE or hard disk

Restart Computer

Set Task Sequence Variable

Set Task Sequence Variable

Disk Steps

The following deployment-related task sequence steps can be added to the task sequence list box:

 

Step Reference

Format and Partition Disk

Format and Partition Disk

Convert Disk to Dynamic

Convert Disk to Dynamic

Enable BitLocker

Enable BitLocker

Disable BitLocker

Disable BitLocker

User State Steps

The following user state related task sequence steps can be added to the task sequence list box:

 

Step Reference

Request State Store

Request State Store

Release State Store

Release State Store

Capture User State

Capture User State

Restore User State

Restore User State

Images Steps

The following image related task sequence steps can be added to the task sequence list box:

 

Step Reference

Apply Operating System

Apply Operating System

Apply Data Image

Apply Data Image

Install Deployment Tools

Install Deployment Tools

Prepare ConfigMgr Client for Capture

Prepare ConfigMgr Client for Capture

Prepare Windows for Capture

Prepare Windows for Capture

Capture Operating System Image

Capture Operating System Image

Driver Steps

The following driver related task sequence steps can be added to the task sequence list box:

 

Step Reference

Auto Apply Drivers

Auto Apply Drivers

Apply Driver Package

Apply Driver Package

Settings Steps

The following settings related task sequence steps can be added to the task sequence list box:

 

Step Reference

Capture Network Settings

Capture Network Settings

Capture Windows Settings

Capture Windows Settings

Apply Network Settings

Apply Network Settings

Apply Windows Settings

Apply Windows Settings

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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