Deploying a service template in SCVMM 2012 using a Windows core VHD fails

This article fixes an issue in which you receive error 22042 when you deploy a service template in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager.

Original product version:   System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager
Original KB number:   2680242


When attempting to deploy a service template in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager using a Windows core virtual hard disk (VHD), the process fails with the following errors:

Error (22042)
The service was not successfully deployed. Review the event log to determine the cause before you take corrective action.

Recommended Action
The deployment can be restarted by retrying the job.

Information (21947)
The script command (dism.exe dism.exe /online /NoRestart /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx2-ServerCore /featurename:MicrosoftWindowsPowerShell /featurename:ServerManager-PSH-Cmdlets) was executed on the computer and returned a result exit code (87).

Error (22010)
VMM failed to enable Server Manager PowerShell on the guest virtual machine. Please log into the virtual machine and look in the event logs (%WINDIR%\Logs\Dism\dism.log).


This is by design. Service templates using Windows core operating systems are not currently supported.


The following workarounds are available:

  • Enable all the roles or features in the virtual machine prior to creating the Sysprep VHD.

  • Run DISM.exe as part of the application deployment using a pre-install script.

    • Executable program: C:\Windows\system32\dism.exe
    • Parameters: /online /norestart /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx2-ServerCore /featurename:NetFx3-ServerCore /featurename:DNS-Server-Core /featurename:DirectoryServices-DomainController-ServerFoundation
    • Timeout: 240 seconds