"Allow this program to be installed from the Install Software task sequence without being advertised"

If you are trying to install multiple software packages using a ConfigMgr task sequence "Install Software" step, where each of the package and program combinations is stored in a task sequence variable (e.g. PACKAGES001=XXX00001:Install), you might find that they don't work.  If you go digging through the SMSTS.LOG, you'll see messages like this:

No matching policy assignments received.
Policy download failed, hr=0x80004005

This is because you have to give ConfigMgr permission to install a package that isn't advertised to the computer.  (ConfigMgr always tries to be "secure by default" and making this the default would violate that principle.)  This is done using the "Allow this program to be installed from the Install Software task sequence without being advertised" checkbox on each program's properties.  The explanation given in the ConfigMgr documentation (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680842.aspx) is:


The program specified must have the Allow this program to be installed from a list of software packages in the "Install Software" task sequence step without being advertised option selected or the installation will fail. This option can be selected when adding a program to an existing package in the New Program Wizard. Alternatively, you can specify this option by right-clicking an existing program, selecting clicking Properties, and then clicking the Advanced tab.

So, before you can install a dynamic list of packages, you need to check this box on every program that you are planning to install this way.  Depending on how many programs you have, this could be rather painful via the ConfigMgr console.  So in MDT 2008 Update 1, we included a new sample script to help with this (a script I forgot to mention in my previous post).  Look in the "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008\Samples" folder for a file named EnableProgramsForTS.vbs.  You will need to make a few edits toward the top of this script before it will work in your environment:

sProviderServer = ""
sSiteCode = "CEN"
sNamespace = "root\sms\site_" & sSiteCode
sUsername = ""
sPassword = ""

Change these values to specify the proper connection details for your ConfigMgr site (whichever site owns packages that need updating, typically the central primary site) and then run it.  (Don't specify a username and password if you are running the script on the ConfigMgr server.  These values are always optional, but when making a local WMI connection they can't be specified.)  The script will check the "Allow" box for every program on every package.

If there is a subset of programs that you want to enable, you can tweak the script as required.  (Of course if the criteria is too complex it's probably easier to just use the UI.)

Comments (4)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this one, saved me a lot of work/time!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Are there any other scenarios where this might come up?  I am getting the "No matching policy assignments received.  Policy download failed, hr=0x80004005" but the box is checked to allow the program to be installed from the Install Software task sequence without being advertised.

  3. mantolama says:

    Thank you for sharing this information with us, we

  4. SCCM 2012 and Applications, not programs says:

    I was experiencing this issue even though I recreated deployment, deployment type, and even the application with the "Allow….from task sequence.." checked. The mistake I made was in the Collection Variables tab associated with the collection of the Applications
    I was trying to install during the Task Sequence using the variables.

    The Name of the variable has to associate with your variable being used..ie APP01 for variable APP. The part that I made the mistake on was the Value associated with the Variable Name. The Value HAS TO BE the name of the actual Application Name. So if you have
    an application named Microsoft Office using Variable APP and depending on how you want to install them your Variable Name should be APP01 and Value must be Microsoft Office

    Here is the reference that caught my eye:

    Install applications according to dynamic variable list
    This setting specifies the base name for a set of task sequence variables that are defined for a collection or for a computer. These variables specify the applications that will be installed for that collection or computer. Each variable name consists of its
    common base name plus a numerical suffix starting at 01. The value for each variable must contain the name of the application and nothing else.

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