There may be times when you, for one reason or another, have to perform a manual step as part of creating a reference image. This could be anything from installing a finicky or old piece of software that doesn’t have an unattended installer, making manual changes, or anything else that for whatever reason can’t be automated. When this happens, you need to temporarily pause or suspend the Task Sequence so that you can perform whatever manual steps are needed. So, how do you do that?
In the Deployment Workbench, open the Task Sequence you will be using. Click the Task Sequence tab and then expand the State Restore section.
Click the Add button then choose General > Run Command Line.
Change the Name of this task to something descriptive like “Pause Deployment” and then use the following in the Command line section:
Highlight the new task and use the Up and Down buttons to position the Pause/Suspend exactly where it should be in your Task Sequence. Need more than one? Just create additional Pauses using the steps above. Once you’re done, click OK and start a deployment with the task.
When your Task Sequence gets to the Pause/Suspend, you’ll see an icon on the Desktop named “Resume Task Sequence.”
Kyle is also the Vice President of the Atlanta Windows Infrastructure and Virtualization User Group (WINVUG).You can find additional articles he's written on 4sysops.com.
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