Task sequence fails when using stand-alone media in Configuration Manager

This article helps you resolve a problem in which task sequence fails to install applications with error 0x87d01004 when using a stand-alone media in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

Original product version:   System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Original KB number:   2716946


In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, task sequence execution fails when using a stand-alone media (USB flash drive or CD/DVD). The task sequence fails to install applications, and the SMSTS.log contains an error similar to the following:

Failed to invoke Execution Manager to Install Software for PackageID='CAS0002C' ProgramID='setup' AdvertID='{00A2B6FB-8E61-47B6-9702-BBDEAD7FBE8A}'hr=0x87d01004

Items in italics above are based on the environment so will not be consistent but the hr code (in bold) will be.


This problem occurs because the Software Distribution Agent isn't enabled since the client hasn't yet received policy.


To resolve the issue and enable the Software Distribution Agent, add the following Run Command Line step earlier in the task sequence, before any Install Package steps:

WMIC /namespace:\\root\ccm\policy\machine\requestedconfig path ccm_SoftwareDistributionClientConfig CREATE ComponentName="Enable SWDist", Enabled="true", LockSettings="TRUE", PolicySource="local", PolicyVersion="1.0", SiteSettingsKey="1" /NOINTERACTIVE