The Sysadmins

Tips and tricks from the Sysadmins

SCCM 2012 – Failed to Resolve Selected Task Sequence Dependencies


When PXE booting and deploying a task sequence you receive the error “Failed to resolve selected task sequence dependencies” and no dependency or package IDs are displayed.


1. Press F8 when in the WinPE environment to open the command prompt – Click here if you have not enabled the command support console.
2. You can view the SMSTS.log file on the live system, or move it to another machine to interrogate. To open the SMSTS.log which is responsible for deployment and task sequence log events type notepad X:\Windows\Temp\SMSTS\SMSTS.log (the task sequence dependency check happens prior to any formatting of the HDD, hence the location of the log file). At this stage you can also plug in a USB drive and copy/save the log onto it.

Open Command Prompt in SCCM 2012 WinPE Environment

3. Open the log file with the Configuration Manager Trace Log Tool aka CMTrace.exe, this will make it a lot easier to view and find the offending errors. If you do not have CMTrace, you can grab it from the SCCM media under SMSSETUP\TOOLS. It’s a single executable so can be copied and moved around as necessary.

CMTrace SMSTS.log

4. Near the bottom of the log file you should observe similar errors:

Failed to find CCM_ApplicationCIAssignment object for AdvertID=”12003A”, ModelName=”ScopeId_59CA012F-1C99-45CD-9184/Application_64ff713e-87d1-40dc-8d24-16961ccff5bb

Failed to resolve selected task sequence dependencies. Code(0x80040104)

ThreadToResolveAndExecuteTaskSequence failed. Code(0x80040104)

The part we’re interested in is the second part of the ScopeId, in this case: Application_64ff713e-87d1-40dc-8d24-16961ccff5bb. To find out which application this refers to open the System Center 2012 configuration manager console. Browse to Software Library, Operating Systems, Task Sequences and select the required task sequence. At the bottom choose “References”, this will show you all applications assigned to the task sequence and their Object IDs. Match this up with the error found from the SMSTS.log.

Find ScopeIE from the SCCM Console

In my case the offending application was Sage Accounts 2014. Things to check:

  • Make sure the application has been distribution to the required distribution point(s).
  • Try removing it from the distribution point(s) and re-distributing.
  • If the above fails, simply remove the application from the task sequence and re-add it (this was my issue!).


  1. Thanks a lot !

  2. Helpful! Thanks man! Little secrets everywhere in configmgr2012

  3. Very helpful, allowed me to identify the culprit right away!


  4. AdmiralAwesome

    March 2, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    The tip with the ScopeID is great, I didn’t know that! Thanks a lot!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.