Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005 Recently I had created a task sequence to deploy Windows 7 Enterprise using SCCM, one of the SCCM engineer reported an OSD issue. The task sequence failed with an error Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005. The issue was reported in a remote site which had a DP serving that site. The task sequence content was available on the DP. So far the task sequence was successfully imaging the machines, but this time it failed. The next step was to examine the log files to begin troubleshooting this issue. I asked the sccm engineer to check at what step the TS failed. I also asked to send me the SMSTS.log file. Upon examining the SMSTS.log file I found the error –

Error – Failed to open the Task Sequencing Environment. Code 0x80220005. Please ensure you are running this executable inside a properly configured OS Deployment task sequence.

Deployment task sequence.
Unknown error (Error: 80220005; Source: Unknown)    OSDWinSettings    2/14/2016 4:12:11 PM    1628 (0x065C)
Exiting with return code 0x80220005    OSDWinSettings    2/14/2016 4:12:11 PM     1628 (0x065C)
Process completed with exit code 2149711877    TSManager    2/14/2016 4:12:11 PM     976 (0x03D0)

Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005

Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005

Solution – During the initial steps of TS, the engineer was supposed to enter the computer name. This option was configured to make it easy for the engineer to provide a computer name of his choice and to avoid the system to auto generate a random computer name which begins with MININT for the computer. When asked on what computer name did he enter, he told BALTRAJMANSOUR01. If you notice the computer name, it’s longer than 15 characters. The 16th character is always reserved to identify the functionality that is installed on the registered network device. Upon entering the computer name of less than 15 characters, the OSD was successful. I hope this post helps you.

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  • Brandon Lehman

    I wish I would have found this a day earlier! I would have saved lots of hours of troubleshooting…