SCCM 2012 – Task Sequence Fails – It’s the Updates, dude!

Hi, here’s Martin again.
It’s the Updates, dude!

Today a fine TS for installing a Windows Server 2012 isn’t running through anymore. After some investigations, it was caused of a Patch/Update, that needs to reboot the System twice. This double reboot can’t be recognized from the SCCM Task Sequence, and after the second boot, the Machine just fails to load the Task Sequence, and will exiting the TS.

Look at this KB Article to solve Problems with those double reboots:

SCCM 2012 – Install Windows 7 on SSD fails with error 0x87d00267

Hi there, here’s Martin again, today I hopefully found the solution for the annoying Problem with devices that has a SSD for the System drive.
The Problem was, that the Task sequence stops at different Install Application steps. The smsts.log Shows the following Errors:
Policy Evaluation failed, hr=0x87d00267
Install application action failed: 'App-V Client 4.6 SP2 Only'. Error Code 0x87d00267
Install Static Applications failed, hr=0x87d00267
Failed to run the action: App-V 4.6 SP2 Only.
Download failed (Error: 87D00267; Source: CCM)

smsts.log error
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SCCM 2012 – Include CU in OSD

Please refer to our new Blog Post about including Cumulative Updates:

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This is an often discussed Topic, but now, I found a nice solution to get rid of the Problems when you want to include a cumulative update to your Task Sequence. Also since we got a 32-bit and 64-bit Client for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, the issues are getting bigger. Continue reading

SCCM 2012 – Unkown computer support and mandatory deployment

Today I set up my System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 Preview Lab, and wanted to have a look with operating System deployment and unknown Computer Support. I’ve never used unknown Computer Support for OSD, thus I deployed the Task sequence as a required, because I always use this for other collections than the unknown Computer.
After booting via PXE the following message appears:
“Configuration Manager – Mandatory Task Sequence Warning” Continue reading

SCCM 2012 – RBAC: Add computer to SCCM

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You often come across to the requirement, that you have give access to users to the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Console, that they can add new Computers to the Hierarchy to stage them with a Task Sequence. They only have to add them to a specific collection, nothing more: with Role based Administration not a problem. But when you try to achieve this, you will often end up, that the users will have rights on the All Systems Collection, which you want to avoid when you Managing multiple sites or Servers and Workstations together. The Magic is behind the limiting collection. Continue reading

SCCM 2012 SP1 – Include Client CU1 in OSD

Please refer to our new Blog Post about including Cumulative Updates:

In this post, I would like to show, how to integrate the Client hotfix cumulative update 1 in the operating System deployment Task sequence. First, CU1 is released and it will create update packages for Site Server, console and client (x64 & x86) installations when you apply this cumulative update to your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Environment. Continue reading

SCCM 2012 SP1 – Windows 8 Language Pack and .Net 3.5 deployment

If you want to deploy a Windows 8 Image with language packs, and want to install .Net 3.5 later, it will fail. As stated on TechNet (, mind, that you will have to install .Net 3.5 first:

  • Installing a Windows language pack on Windows 8 before installing the .NET Framework 3.5 will cause the .NET Framework 3.5 installation to fail. Install the .NET Framework 3.5 before installing any Windows language packs. Continue reading