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SCCM: Image Capture Wizard has failed with error code (0x800704CF)

by on May.12, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

During image capture process you receive the following error:
Image Capture Wizard has failed with error code (0x800704CF). For more information, please contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.

Now if you look at task sequence log it most likely going to say:
Failed to run the last action: Capture the Reference Machine. Execution of task sequence failed.
The network location cannot be reached. For information about network troubleshooting, see Windows Help. (Error: 800704CF; Source: Windows)

This basically means that the network drive that you are trying to capture image to cannot be accessed. Make sure that the user you’ve provided in capture wizard has enough rights to access the network drive and write to it.

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SCCM: Failed to Run Task Sequence

by on Apr.18, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

Here are couple steps to diagnose the “Failed to Run Task Sequence” error.
The hole error looks like this:
The task sequence cannot be run because a package referenced by the task sequence cannot be found. For more information please, contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.

Basically this error means that the problem is with distribution of the package.
It looks straight forward process if you have one or two packages in a task sequence. But can be a problem if the task sequence has many packages. The best way to find out which package or packages are causing the problem is to use the task sequence log Smsts.log. (continue reading…)

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SCCM: How to change or modify Boot image background picture for OSD

by on Apr.10, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

Before you start changing the background image you have to decide ore going to completely change it or do you want to modify existing. I will describe how to modify existing one. (If you need to change it completely then go to the step where it says “Go back to Configuration Manager Console”)

Open Configuration Manager Console
Go to System Center Configuration Manager>Site Database>Computer Management>Operating System Deployment>Boot Images
You should see two images there x64 and x86 (You will need to change the image for both) (continue reading…)

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SCCM logs explained

by on Apr.02, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

If you are using SCCM you’ll know that it logs everything in the log files. They are very useful for troubleshooting SCCM problems. The problem I find with log files is that there are so many of them and they are in different places that sometimes it is difficult to find the right log file.
The other day I’ve found a very good article on log files which tells me where the log file is and what it does.
http://www.hermanarnedo.com/?p=8

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SCCM: How to Advertise Task Sequence for OSD

by on Mar.20, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

Once you have created a Task sequence, you need to advertise it.
How to create task sequence 

To advertise a task sequence:

Open Configuration Manager Console
Go to System Center Configuration Manager>Site Database>Computer Management>Operating System Deployment>Task sequences
Right click on a Task sequence you want to advertise. Select Advertise (continue reading…)

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SCCM: How to Create Task Sequence for OSD

by on Mar.20, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

In order to create OSD Task Sequence you need to have you image created and added to SCCM. Below are the links how to do that:
How to capture OS image
How to add OS image

Also you must have SCCM client package ready:
How to create SCCM client Package and Program for OSD (continue reading…)

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SCCM: How to add computer to Collection for OSD

by on Mar.20, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

Before you start adding computers to Collection. You have to have a Collection. So first create it if you have not done so.

Open Configuration Manager Console
Go to System Center Configuration Manager>Site Database>Computer Management>Operating System Deployment (continue reading…)

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SCCM: How to create SCCM client Package and Program for OSD

by on Mar.20, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

When creating a Task sequence for OS deployment you need to provide the package for SCCM client.
Here are the steps how to create SCCM client Package

Open Configuration Manager Console (continue reading…)

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How to Deploy ScreenSaver with SMS2003/SCCM

by on Mar.19, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

There are times when you need to deploy new company screensaver to all PCs. You can use Group Policy for that, but the problem is that it will disable screensaver settings for users and they will not be able to change them. If you have SMS or SCCM you can use it to deploy screensaver. The whole process is very simple. (continue reading…)

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SCCM: PXE-T01: File not found and PXE:E3B: TFTP Error- File not found Errors

by on Feb.26, 2008, under Microsoft, SCCM/SMS2003

I’ve been testing SCCM since November and 4 times I’ve ran into the following problem. While trying to PXE boot the new machine I receive the following errors

PXE-T01: File not found
PXE-E3B: TFTP Error – File Not Found

I don’t know what happens and how to reproduce the error but it happened to me 4 times. 2 times I’ve ended rebuilding the whole SCCM installation.
When it happened the third time I found a solution on MS SCCM Technet forums:
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