Device fails to join domain during a ConfigMgr OSD Task Sequence due to DC time synchronization issues

We have all dealt with mysterious task sequence failures while imaging. Owing to the number and types of issues we run into, I decided to put together a series of posts that discuss the unexpected and undocumented task sequence failures that are triggered by environmental issues and configurations. This is Post 1 of the series,… Read more

Support Tip: The Apply Driver Package task fails when the ADK is upgraded to ADK 10 1607

You may find that after installing the Microsoft ADK 10 1607 on System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch 1602 (or later), the Apply Driver Package task will start failing when installing one of the drivers in the Driver Package. The failure is random and may not occur on the same driver every time, and occasionally… Read more

Update 2 for System Center Configuration Manager version 1610, early wave is now available

Administrators who opted in to the early wave deployment for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1610, have an update available in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. This update, made available on December 12, 2016, addresses important late-breaking issues that were discovered during the final release process for version… Read more

KB: Image deployment hangs during Build and Capture task sequences when installing Office updates

When using Microsoft Configuration Manager for Build and Capture task sequences, or for operating system deployment of Windows 10 version 1511, the process may hang during installation of Office software updates during the Install Software Updates step. In some cases, this step can hang for more than 24 hours. This can occur when using a… Read more

Hotfix: Task sequences or programs have an incorrect status in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

After the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012 or ConfigMgr 2012 R2) Client Service (Ccmexec.exe) is restarted, the status of task sequences or programs may incorrectly switch from Waiting for the next available maintenance schedule to Waiting to install in Software Center. This issue occurs only for packages that have a maintenance window… Read more

New hotfix: Software update installation freezes on Microsoft Configuration Manager clients

During an Operating System deployment (OSD) of Windows 10 via System Center Configuration Manager, the Install Software Updates task sequence may freeze when large numbers of updates are applied (e.g. 50 or more). When this problem occurs, the CCMExec and TSInstallSWupdate processes appear to hang. If the thread count is monitored with Task Manager or… Read more

How to troubleshoot the Install Application task sequence in Microsoft Configuration Manager

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know we have a new guide available that helps you understand the Install Application task sequence process in Configuration Manager and troubleshoot common problems that can occur. The guide begins where the Install Application task sequence process kicks off and examines each of the major steps…. Read more

HOTFIX: The SMSTSRebootDelay variable does not work for multiple restarts in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Please be aware that the value that is defined for the SMSTSRebootDelay task sequence variable is not honored for restarts after the first restart when multiple applications are installed by using a dynamic variable list in Microsoft Configuration Manager. The default restart time-out value is used instead. A supported hotfix is now available to address… Read more

HOTFIX: Task sequence with dynamic variable list continues if application installation fails

We have a new hotfix for ConfigMgr 1511 that fixes the following issue: When you use a task sequence to install applications, you experience one of the following symptoms: A task sequence tries to reinstall applications that are already installed by using a dynamic variable list if one of the applications is configured to restart… Read more