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Applications not being processed in CustomSettings.ini or missing from ZTIApplications RRS feed

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  • Using MDT 2012 Update 1 and started having a weird issue where MandatoryApplications properties are being skipped over during the deployment process.

    CustomSettings.ini is configured to process [Default] first, followed by model specific subsections for fixing up minor things that are specific to that model. There are MandatoryApplications settings under each subsection, and it ends up looking similar to this...

    [Settings]
    Priority=Default, Model
    
    [Default]
    MandatoryApplications001={f3389f14-6071-414b-b989-08e35cf82f27}
    
    [HP EliteBook 840 G1]
    MandatoryApplications002={d13e2dc4-3b27-4173-b143-30b5f57d7e53}
    
    

    Applications defined under [Default] install just fine, but nothing under the model subsections installs. No errors, also.

    BDD.log shows...

    ------ Processing the [DEFAULT] section ------	ZTIGather	4/17/2014 9:48:41 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Property MANDATORYAPPLICATIONS001 is now = {f3389f14-6071-414b-b989-08e35cf82f27}	ZTIGather	4/17/2014 9:48:42 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Added value from [DEFAULT]: MANDATORYAPPLICATIONS = {f3389f14-6071-414b-b989-08e35cf82f27}	ZTIGather	4/17/2014 9:48:42 AM	0 (0x0000)
    ------ Processing the [HP EliteBook 840 G1] section ------	ZTIGather	4/17/2014 9:48:42 AM	0 (0x0000)
    ------ Done processing \\Server\ProductionShare$\Control\CustomSettings.ini ------	ZTIGather	4/17/2014 9:48:43 AM	0 (0x0000)
    

    ZTIApplications.log shows...

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version: 6.1.2373.0	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:35 AM	0 (0x0000)
    The task sequencer log is located at C:\Users\ADMINI~1\AppData\Local\Temp\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.LOG.  For task sequence failures, please consult this log.	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:35 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Write all logging text to \\Server\productionshare$\logs	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:35 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Validating connection to \\Server\productionshare$\logs	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:35 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Already connected to server Server as that is where this script is running from.	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:35 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Language/Locale Identified (in order of precedence): 1033,0409,0x0409,9,0009,0x0009	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:35 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Processing Application Type: MandatoryApplications	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:35 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Ready to install applications: 	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    ################	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Entry: {f3389f14-6071-414b-b989-08e35cf82f27}	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Name:  SysConfigs	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    ################	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Using a local or mapped drive, no connection is required.	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Change directory: Z:\Applications\SysConfigs	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Run Command: \\Server\ProductionShare$\Tools\X64\bddrun.exe sysconfigs.bat	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    ZTI installing application 	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Event 41031 sent: ZTI installing application 	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    About to run command: \\Server\ProductionShare$\Tools\X64\bddrun.exe sysconfigs.bat	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Command has been started (process ID 3624)	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Return code from command = 0	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Application SysConfigs installed successfully	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Event 41033 sent: Application SysConfigs installed successfully	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Property InstalledApplications001 is now = {f3389f14-6071-414b-b989-08e35cf82f27}	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:36 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Processing Application Type: Applications	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:37 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Application List is empty, exiting ZTIApplications.wsf	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:37 AM	0 (0x0000)
    ZTIApplications processing completed successfully.	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:37 AM	0 (0x0000)
    Event 41001 sent: ZTIApplications processing completed successfully.	ZTIApplications	4/17/2014 10:06:37 AM	0 (0x0000)
    

    So it ends up looking like the Applications List is not being properly populated, or something is just not processing CustomSettings.ini correctly. I've double-checked that the applications are hidden and enabled on the share, and have deleted/recreated the applications on the share.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:06 PM

Answers

  • For each section in your CS.ini, start your applications list with 001, like this :

    [Settings]
    Priority=Default, Model
    
    [Default]
    MandatoryApplications001={f3389f14-6071-414b-b989-08e35cf82f27}
    
    [HP EliteBook 840 G1]
    MandatoryApplications001={d13e2dc4-3b27-4173-b143-30b5f57d7e53}

    Friday, April 18, 2014 10:09 AM

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