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SCCM 2012 R2 - Slowness with "building list of programs to run from package"

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We have a SCCM 2012 R2 environment and will be using thumb drives for OS deployment. Using the thumb drive method is a big hassle and time saver versus going over the network, but I'm looking to optimize the process as much as possible. I've noticed that with many package installs, SCCM will sit on "Building list of programs to run from package" for several minutes before actually installing the application. In some cases it seems excessive.

Any advice on how to speed up these step between package installs?
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by:Firstcom
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Unfortunately Google was not helpful in this case. The one discussion I found was not very helpful. Has anyone had any hands-on experience with this?
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If you have the possibility you could create a WIM Image with all the applications already installed?! So it would just apply the WIM file to the disk and not install anything.

On the other Hand, i never saw this message, when does it appear? Do you have a screenshot?
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The message appears when you install using offline media (i.e. thumb drive, CD, etc). It seems to happen with applications and not packages.

The problem with a WIM image is that we have such a variety of PCs and setups. We're using task sequence variables to determine what gets installed and what isn't.
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Understand.
Do you have multiple steps for multiple applications, or do you have one step for mulitple?
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For installation of applications, it's generally one step. But certain applications need to have a script run for permissions or other things and I generally separate those out.
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I saw in you other Forums post that you plan to install a hotfix, which could cause that Problem. Could you please Keep that thread up to date? Thanks
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The hotfix did not help.
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What happens when you split down the Application-installations in multiple steps?
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I can try that.

One thing that I noticed is that after installing CU1, the version number of the client in the default client path hasn't been upgraded. Post-CU1, the version number is 5.00.7958.1203. Pre-upgrade the last octet is .1000.

Within SCCM a new program group was created for the client upgrades, but choosing those as the ConfigManager install package under "Setup Windows and ConfigManager" doesn't work; it wants a reboot after installing it and it never comes back into the WinPE session.

I believe that the client in the "Configuration Manager Client Package" package is supposed to always be updated with the latest client package.

Not sure if this is related or a problem?
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Could be. Check out this article to include the latest CU during Task Sequence
http://chriscrampton.blogspot.de/2013/10/include-cumulative-update-or-patch-in.html

Also note that the current cumulative update is CU4
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FYI, I am on System Center 2012 R2. :)
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System Center R2 CU1 fixed this after I hacked together a method to deploy the CU1 update in the task sequence "Install Windows and ConfigMgr" using the PATCH parameter.
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Discovered the solution on my own.
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