Failed to run Task Sequence – error 0x80004005 in SCCM

During an ordinary OS Deployment, I unexpectedly faced the following error: Failed to Run Task Sequence An error occurred while retrieving policy for this computer (0x80004005). For more information, contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator. Since the sysadmin was me, myself and I, I quickly realized I was the only one to fix this …

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How to resolve SCCM Offline Servicing: Failed to apply one or more updates

I’ve been using the RTM-iso of Windows Server 2012 R2 for OS Deployment for a few years now. Everything was working fine, although the update installation part was getting time-consuming. I decided to slipstream all updates using the built-in Offline Servicing feature in SCCM. However, I ran into the error “Failed to apply one or …

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SCCM, batch files, and 32-bits processes on 64-bits OS

Today I was (again) confronted with the annoying System32-on64bit-OS situation. To enable the Disk Cleanup Tool on Windows 2008 (R2), I had to copy 2 executables from the source location to C:\Windows\system32\* I created a batch file, containing 2 lines: copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui C:\Windows\System32\en-US\cleanmgr.exe.mui Manually running the batch file on the server works …

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Solving an uninstall problem: Source is invalid due to missing/inaccessible package.

This blogpost describes a method I have used to uninstall Flash 19, when the original source files on the local computer are missing. Although all file names and values are specific to Flash 19, the overall method is generic. So if you have problems with uninstalling a software product because of missing sources (error 1706 : -2147483647 …

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Error GetDirectoryList_HTTP mapping original error 0x80072ee7 to 0x800704cf in SCCM 2012

Another day at the office, I noticed one client had problems downloading packages. In Software Center, the specific package stalled at “Downloading (0%)”. A closer look at the logfiles of the client led me to the following errors in DataTransferService.log

Usually, this error indicates port blocks on port 80 and 443. You should then …

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