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Setting Mandatory Applications by Task Sequence in MDT 2010

Hopefully this helps someone else out there and I’m not the only one that caught by this.

I recently had the need to set mandatory applications based on Task Sequences in our deployments.  Even though I had not done that before I expected it would not be that difficult and after some Googling Binging I found Chris Nacker’s article on this.

It looked pretty straightforward but one thing threw me off.  When you get to the screen to select your applications the applications you specify as mandatory will not be checked in the wizard screens.  This is because the CustomSettings.ini file is processed by the ZTIGather script before the wizard screens are displayed. Since your Task Sequence has not been chosen yet that variable is not set and the ZTIGather script does not process that section of the CustomSettings.ini.  Once you begin your Task Sequence the CustomSettings.ini file is processed again and the applications are made mandatory.

If you place your applications in a section of the CustomSettings.ini (such as Model or Default)  that gets processed before the wizard runs they will show as checked with no option to uncheck them. 

So just remember just because they aren’t checked doesn’t mean they won’t be made mandatory.

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