Summary

Configuration Manager (CM) Task Sequences typically use multiple Packages and Applications, called Reference Content. Those packages and applications may be distributed in their own right, or may be distributed through one or more Task Sequence. As an administrator, you want to know where the content that the Task Sequence requires has been cached.

For example, you might pre-cache a Task Sequence (which will pre-cache all reference content) ahead of deploying it to devices, and you want to confirm that pre-caching has been successful before starting the deployment. The Task Sequences page provides that visibility by grouping the reference content for each Task Sequence into a single view, so you can see which content is cached and which is not. The Task Sequences table shows all Task Sequences that were defined in CM when the last CM sync ran.

On this page:

The Task Sequences list has the following columns:

ColumnDescription
Task Sequence  The name of the Task Sequence.
Latest ActivityHow long ago the most recent download activity occurred for any reference content in the Task Sequence.
Size The total size of all reference content in the Task Sequence.
Download Status 

A bar representing the overall status of the Task Sequence content across devices. The status of the overall Task Sequence (all referenced content) on a device will be reported as follows, in order of priority.

StatusDescription
Downloading Represents devices that are currently downloading one referenced content.
Partially DownloadedRepresents devices that have completed download one or more referenced content.
Cancelled  

Represents devices that cancelled the download of any of the referenced content. When viewing a Task Sequence as a whole, Cancelled status is prioritised over Partially Downloaded.

For example if a device has successfully downloaded some content but one or more reference contents were cancelled, the overall status of the Task Sequence will be Cancelled.

DownloadedRepresents devices that have completed download of all referenced content.
Downloaded (Cached)Represents devices that have completed download of all referenced content.
Downloaded (Deleted)Represents devices that had previously downloaded all referenced content, which has subsequently all been deleted from the cache.

Failed  

Represents devices that failed to download any of the referenced content. When viewing a Task Sequence as a whole, Failed status is prioritised over Cancelled and Partially Downloaded.

For example, if a device has successfully downloaded some content, cancelled other content and failed to download one content, the overall status for the Task Sequence will be Failed.


Task Sequences page

Search filter

Navigation and filtering

You can use the Search Task Sequence... box to filter the list to show Task Sequences based on your chosen criteria. Clicking on a Task Sequence name takes you to the Task Sequence Details page.

Time period filter

You can use the Time period filter to filter out older activity. For example, selecting Last 30 days will only show Task Sequences for which there has been download activity for any of its reference content in the last 30 days.

Using the Time period filter at the top of the page you can narrow down the results by date. You can choose from the following options:

  • Last 90 days (Default)
  • Last 30 days 
  • Last 7 days.
If these filters are applied to any app page, it is reflected on all other pages in the Nomad App.

Date Range filter

Select Columns

You can select the columns you want displayed by clicking on the Select Columns option. From the Available Columns and Visible Columns, you can add, remove or re-order the columns.

Task Sequence Column Chooser

When you click on the Select columns control it opens a popup displaying every column on the current screen, t he controls are:

ControlExplanation
Available ColumnsColumns which are by default hidden from display on screen. You can still include any of them to display on screen.
Visible Columns

Displays the list of columns displayed on screen.

Arrow buttons

To move up or move down, exclude or include any column, clicking on the ellipsis displays these additional controls.

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Drag and drop

You can drag and drop columns to change how they are displayed.

Exclude columnsExclude column button allows you to select columns to exclude from the current display.

Clicking Save on the Select Columns screen saves the layout for the current browser session.


Task Sequence Column Chooser Select Columns

After selecting the columns and other configurations done on the page, you can set it as a preset to be selected further.

Set page configuration as preset


Set page configuration as preset

You can apply any preset later either from the list of configured presets or from the bookmark bar of the configured presets.

Apply any preset

Apply any preset

You can also manage (rename or delete) your saved Presets.

Manage rename or delete the saved presets

Task Sequence details page

The Task Sequence detail page is displayed when you click on a task sequence title on the Task Sequence page.  It includes a  Summary  tab and a  Devices  tab.

Summary tab

The Summary tab shows summary information about the selected task sequence.

Top status Bar

The top status bar displays the following statistics of the selected Task Sequence:

StatusDescription
TotalDisplays the number of downloads for the latest version of the selected  Content Title . If the  Content Title  is a CM Application, this number represents the total number of downloads of all of that Application's Deployment Types.
DownloadingDisplays the number of devices that are currently downloading the latest version of the  Content Title .
Partially DownloadedDisplays the number of downloads of the latest version of the  Content Title  that have partially completed.
DownloadedDisplays the number of downloads of the latest version of the  Content Title  that have completed successfully.
Cancelled
FailedDisplays the number of downloads of the latest version of the  Content Title  whose latest state was  Failed

Task Sequence details

Side Panels

On the left side of the page, there are two panels:

  • Referenced Contents
  • Select Target Group.
Referenced Contents

Displays the Application or Package Name and the Size of the content for:

  • CM Packages, the size represents the total size of the Package content
  • CM Applications, the Size represents the total size of all Deployment Types.

Referenced Content

Select Target Group

Allows the details on the main page to be filtered based on the target group. By default, the main details page shows data for All Downloads of the Content Title.


Select Target Group

Download Status by Nomad Site

Using the Download Status by Nomad Site tile you can see in which locations (Nomad Single Site Download (SSD) sites) the content title has been downloaded and is available. 

The table shows the status of the selected Content Title in each Nomad Site. A Nomad Site corresponds to Nomad Single Site Download site. Customers that have implemented SSD and upgraded ActiveEfficiency to Content Distribution will see their defined SSD locations displayed as Nomad Sites on this tile. Any subnets that are not included in a Nomad SSD Site definition will be represented in a site named Unknown. If no SSD sites have been defined, all subnets will be included in the Unknown site.

The table displays the following columns:

ColumnDescription
Nomad SiteThe Nomad (SSD) site name.

Subnets  

The count of subnets included in the Nomad site. Clicking on the number opens a 'drawer' that shows the download status for each subnet in the site. You can click on the subnet in this drawer to view the devices in that subnet that have reported download activity for the Content Title.

Download Status

A bar representing the current status of the content across all devices in the Nomad Site. This can include the following statuses:

  • Downloading
  • Downloaded (Cached)
  • Downloaded (Deleted)
  • Cancelled
  • Failed
  • Unknown.
The Unknown status is only displayed if a Target Group has been selected. It indicates the members of the Target Group for which no status for the selected Content Title has been reported.

Hovering over the Download Status bar displays the count of downloads in each state. The bar is for information only and is not clickable (i.e. it will not navigate to a filtered list of devices in the various states). 

Clicking on a Nomad Site navigates to the Devices tab, filtered to display devices in the selected Nomad Site.

You can use the Search Locations... box to search for a specific Nomad Sites. 

Download Status by Nomad Site

Device Count by Operating system

The Device Count by Operating System represents the devices that have downloaded the selected Content Title grouped by Operating System and version and displayed as a donut chart. Delivery Optimization is a Windows 10 feature, but the feature continues to develop with new features and configuration options available in different versions. This data point can help to identify differences across Windows 10 versions.

Clicking on any segment of the chart navigates to the Devices tab, filtered to show the devices running the selected OS version.

Device Count by Operating system

P2P Efficiency by Content Source

The P2P Efficiency by Content Source tile represents the overall peer-to-peer efficiency across the entire network for the selected Content Title. The data is grouped by source (Peers and WAN) and displayed as a donut chart showing the volume of content downloaded from peers (in grey) and from the source over the WAN (in orange).

Ideally, more content will be downloaded from peers than from the source over the WAN, thereby saving network bandwidth. Where this is not the case, it could be due to many users working remotely without any local peers, or it could be due to configuration settings on the client that are not optimized for peer-to-peer caching and availability. It may also be worth considering pre-caching the Content Title in more locations to improve the availability of the content on peers in each location.

Clicking either segment in this chart will navigate to the Devices tab filtered to show the devices that downloaded the selected Content Title from Peers or WAN, according to the segment that you clicked on.

P2P Efficiency by Content Source

Devices tab

The Devices tab in the Task Sequence detail page lists the devices that have reported download activity or cache status for content referenced in the selected Task Sequence.

This tab is displayed when you click a Nomad Site or a segment on the  Device Count by Operating system  or  P2P Efficiency by Content Source  charts on the Task Sequence summary  tab, filtered according to the item clicked.

Alternatively, you can select the tab to view all devices that have reported download activity for content referenced in the Task Sequence.

Alternatively you can select the tab to view all devices that have reported download activity for the content title.  Use the Search Devices... box to search for a specific device.

The list can be further organized using the filters:

  • Source - (Peers or WAN)
  • Status:
    • Downloading
    • Downloaded (Cached)
    • Downloaded (Deleted)
    • Cancelled
    • Failed
    • Unknown.

The table of Devices displays the following columns and from this list, you can click on an FQDN to view details of the specific device on the  Devices page .

ColumnDescription
FQDN Fully Qualified Domain Name.
Nomad SiteThe Nomad SSD Site that the device is currently in, based on the device's latest device registration. 
Subnet  The subnet the device is currently in, based on the device's latest device registration.
Latest ActivityIndication of how long ago the latest download activity for the selected Content Title occurred on this device.
Download Status

Status of the selected Content Title on this device, one of:

  • Downloading
  • Downloaded (Cached)
  • Downloaded (Deleted)
  • Cancelled
  • Failed.
Download Duration   (DD:HH:MM:SS)The amount of time it took to download the content.

Devices tab