KB: Task Sequence Fails when using Stand-Alone Media in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where a ConfigMgr 2012 Task Sequence fails when using Stand-Alone Media. ===== Symptoms Task Sequence execution fails when using stand-alone media (USB flash drive or CD/DVD) in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. The task sequence will fail to install applications and… Read more

USMT restore fails when using prestaged media in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Here’s another good KB article we published today on ConfigMgr 2007. This one describes an issue you may run into with USMT restores and how to fix it: ===== Symptoms When using the prestaged media feature in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 to build new machines, the USMT (User State Migration Tool) restore step… Read more

New Hotfix: Task sequence fails with an "0x80004005" error code in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Here’s a KB article we published today on ConfigMgr 2007. This one describes a hotfix/update we released that addresses an issue where a Task sequence fails with an "0x80004005" error code in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2: ===== Consider the following scenario: You create a prestaged installation media in System Center Configuration Manager 2007… Read more

No Assigned Task Sequence when initiating deployments caused by duplicate SMBIOS GUIDs in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Here’s another good KB article we published today. If you’re seeing an issue where ConfigMgr fails to find a task sequence then this one is for you: ===== Symptoms When trying to start a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr 2007) OSD Task Sequence on a client, ConfigMgr 2007 fails to find a Task Sequence… Read more

ConfigMgr 2007 Application Mapping With a User Driven Installation Task Sequence

After creating the article ConfigMgr 2007 Basic User Driven Installation Task Sequence Step by Step, I wanted to follow up with another article covering the Application Discovery and Mapping features in a UDI Task Sequence. This cool feature allows you to discover the applications installed on your Windows Clients during deployment of Windows 7, and… Read more

HOTFIX: Task sequence does not run if it has lots of Install Software steps in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

We blogged this issue a couple weeks ago but now there’s a hotfix available to resolve the issue: ===== Consider the following scenario: You create a task sequence on a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) site server. You add lots of Install Software steps to the task sequence.  For example,… Read more

ConfigMgr 2007 fix: Task Sequences with a large number of steps fail to run and time out

I have had a couple of cases recently that involve running a task sequence from the Run Advertised Program (RAP) Control Panel applet which has a large number of software package installation steps (usually over 200).  What happens in these cases is that you will see timeout errors in the cas.log and execmgr.log on the… Read more

ConfigMgr 2007 Basic User Driven Installation Task Sequence Step by Step

I recently encountered a question from a customer who wanted to be able to set the computer name, and also be able to have their Desktop Technicians select software to be installed during an Operating System Deployment for their upcoming Windows 7 refresh over Windows XP.  I walk you through the basics step by step… Read more

New Hotfix: Program does not run in a task sequence on a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client if the program name contains extended ASCII characters

Consider the following scenario: You create a deployment package on a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) site server. You create a program in the package. The name of the program contains extended ASCII characters. You create a task sequence, and you add an Install Software step to the task sequence…. Read more

Fix: Unable to delete the OSDStateStorePath folder in an OSD Task Sequence using USMT 4.0 with Hard Links in ConfigMgr 2007

When using Hard Links for User State Migration, attempting to remove the OSDStateStorePath folder after restoring the users data in a Task Sequence may fail or appear to hang. Note: This is in reference to the steps listed in this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee344267.aspx The command .\%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%\usmtutils.exe /rd %OSDStateStorePath% may appear to hang unless you configure a… Read more