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SOLVED: SCCM – Windows Deployment Services 0xC1030104


One of our System Center consultants had the issue while doing a lot of work on the SCCM 2012 server in building PXE build images and going through adding drivers for each of the bare-metal machines that we would have to build against.

When she looked at the PXE service, she found it was off and attempted to start it.

Starting it failed.

So she went to the System log to try to find out what was the issue and found this message:

SCCM Issue:

An error occurred while trying to initialize the Windows Deployment Services image server. Error Information: 0xC1030104

After trying a number of different solutions for this, the refreshing the boot image packages on the server allowed her to bring the needed services back online.

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SCCM 2012 and Its Version of Trace32

Trace32Microsoft Trace32


In System Center Configuration Manager 2007, one of the handiest tools that came from the downloadable SCCM Toolkit was Trace32.exe.  This is a viewer for .log files that, by default, highlights warnings and errors.  It’s a pretty nifty tool and quite handy for searching through the copious log files that SCCM generates.

Trace32 Solution

For SCCM 2012, Microsoft thought ahead and put the new version of the tool onto the install disk (albeit with a small name change).  It is located at rootSMSSETUPTOOLSCMTrace.exe.

The new CMTrace acts pretty much like Trace32 did.

But when it comes to the log files created by SCCM 2012, it does have some issues reading some of the data.

I recommend copying it to your hard drive so you can set it as your default reader for the plethora of log files you still get with SCCM 2012./root

For those needing this for SCCM 2007 (and any other log files they want to use it against), the SCCM V2 Toolkit is still available at

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SOLVED System Center Unified Installer with SQL Server 2008 R2

Unified InstallerMicrosoft Unified Installer

The installer instructions completely ignore the fact that you can’t just download SP1 and CU4 and put them in folders.

You will get “Invalid Location”.

Unified Installer Solution:

To fix this, you must decompress the download file. It is a .exe file.

It is self-extracting.

But you still aren’t done. The decompressed download file will create another .exe.

If you try to run this one, it will start to install SP1 / CU4. DO NOT LET IT INSTALL.

Try renaming this to setup.exe.

This will fix the Invalid File Location and replaced it with File Version Invalid Needs: 10.50.2900 Actual: 10.51.2900)

It was completely misleading.

Use a tool like 7-zip to extract the .exe file. This will put a setup.exe file in the folder. THIS file is the one that Unified Installer looks for.

Stop cursing and move on.

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