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

Troubleshooting the PXE Service Point and WDS in Configuration Manager 2007

Note: There is an updated version of this guide over at the Configuration Manager OSD Support Team Blog. For the latest version, please visit the below article: Troubleshooting the PXE Service Point and WDS in Configuration Manager 2007 ===== This is a general guide on properly setting up and troubleshooting the System Center Configuration Manager… Read more

Troubleshooting empty program lists in a Configuration Manager 2007 Task Sequence

When attempting to add an Install Software item in a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Task Sequence, the Program drop-down list under Install a single application may be empty.  Clicking Apply results in a Task Sequence Editor Please select a program dialog and the item cannot be saved. This behavior may occur if Allow users… Read more

When deploying Windows Server 2008 SP2 64-bit as a Software Update via Configuration Manager 2007, the update is not offered as applicable to some machines

When attempting to deploy Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2 (KB948465) as a Software Update via System Center Configuration Manager, the update may not be offered as applicable to some Windows Server 2008 64-bit machines. Cause When you are running an x64-based version of Windows Vista or of Windows Server 2008 on a computer that has… Read more

Error when trying to integrating MDT with ConfigMgr 2007

I see this issue every once in a while and thought it might make for a good tip.  If you’re running into errors trying to integrate MDT and ConfigMgr 2007 then this one’s for you. Issue When trying to integrate MDT with a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 console via the option "Configure ConfigMgr Integration"… Read more

Configuration Manager AD system discovery will not work across external trusts starting with Service Pack 2

After upgrading to SCCM 2007 SP2, AD discovery methods will fail to bind across external trusts. When the failure occurs, the ADSysDis.log will contain entries similar to this: ERROR: Failed to bind to AD Object LDAP://DC02-140-52S.LITWARE.COM/CN=COMPUTERS, error=An operations error occurred.~~ — Extended Error — LDAP Provider : 00000000: LdapErr: DSID-0C090627, comment: In order to perform… Read more

Announcing the Release of Configuration Manager 2007 SuperFlows!!

The Configuration Manager writing team is very excited to announce the release of the following Configuration Manager 2007 SuperFlows: Software Updates Synchronization SuperFlow: Provides the detailed dataflow for the software updates synchronization process, additional resources related to software updates synchronization, and troubleshooting information. SuperFlow for Configuring Software Updates: Provides detailed steps that help you to… Read more

Solution: When using USMT 4 in an SCCM 2007 SP2 OSD Task Sequence, files are captured successfully but not settings

When running a SCCM 2007 SP2 Task Sequence with a “Capture User State” task that utilizes USMT 4, files are properly captured and restored but settings may not be. The SMSTS.log will not show any errors, however the scanstate.log will show the following error: <Date> <Time>, Info                  [0x000000] Downlevel Manifests folder is not present. System… Read more

Solution: ConfigMgr2007 SP2 Setup stuck in Upgrade status

I recently ran into this issue a couple days ago and didn’t see a whole lot documented on it so I thought I would do a quick write up here.  If you’re trying to upgrade some of your site servers to SP2 and run into an issue, this should get you going again pretty easily…. Read more

How It Works: Automatic Client Approval in Configuration Manager 2007

Purpose: This post is intended to explain how client approval works when a Mixed Mode Configuration Manager 2007 site is configured to automatically approve clients in trusted domains and to offer insight into how to troubleshoot scenarios where this is not working as expected.  The configuration is shown below: The short version: The new client… Read more