SCCM OSD Error 0×80040104 Failed to find CCM_SoftwareDistribution object

Added new drivers to SCCM driver database for hardware of a new pcmodel.
Made a new driver package containing these drivers, and put it on a distribution point.
Then ran the OSD Task Sequence, but after completion i noticed that none of the drivers had been applied to the windows installation.
So the Device Manager was still full of yellow questionmarks.

Then tried a different approach, instead of relying on the “Auto-Apply Device Drivers” step in the OSD TS, I specifically added a step for “Apply Driver Package”, specifying the newly created driver package containing the drivers.
Now when i rebooted the machine using PXE, and started the OSD TS, it failed immediately on the first step when it is checking the availability of all packages.

The smsts.log showed that it couldn’t find a DP location for the driver package.

The error:
Getting policy for CCM_SoftwareDistribution[AdvertID=””, PackageID=””,
FALSE, HRESULT=80040104 (e:\nts_sms_fre\sms\framework\tscore\tspolicy.cpp,2301)
Failed to find CCM_SoftwareDistribution object for AdvertID=””, PackageID=””,

So basically the SCCM Management Point could not provide the client with a location of a Distribution Point that holds a copy of the package.

A little googling turned up this posting which described the exact same error, and luckily, the solution.
So it turns out that sometimes a driver packages is not properly registered in the SCCM database, when the package version is “1”.
This is fixed when you update the package, and the version number is incremented.
Weird bug!


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One Response to “SCCM OSD Error 0×80040104 Failed to find CCM_SoftwareDistribution object”

  1. Roel Janssens Says:

    Weird bug indeed, it is still bugging me from time to time in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 …

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