Enable detect HAL on a 2008 R2 VHD image

To enable detect HAL on a VHD file: Attach the image and assign it a drive letter e.g. R: Run “BCDEDIT /STORE R:\BOOT\BCD /SET {default} DETECTHAL ON” from a command prompt Detach the image Done


Use PowerShell to execute wmi queries (WQL)

By using Get-WmiObject in powershell it’s possible to perform WMI queries in WQL   One example: gwmi -Query “SELECT * from Win32_DiskPartition WHERE Bootable = TRUE”


Error message on a BITS-enabled distribution point.

If a package gets stuck in the “Install Retrying” state at a BITS-enabled ditribution point.   And you see the following error message logged in the Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs\distmgr.log on the server: “ERROR ExecMethod(): Failed to execute AppCreate2. error = The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no…