Category Archives: Short post

Task Sequence error 0x00000032 when deploying applications

Ah, the joy of troubleshooting task sequences in Config Mgr! I spent a while on this one, having one task sequence performing a build and installing some software and another one while deploying that image. The deploy should also install driver applications, the one we love to hate, like bluetooth and fingerprint readers. Well, it failed multiple times to my great annoyance. Why it fails? Because software installations take place in the full OS, which occurs AFTER the step “Setup Windows and Config Mgr”. Once I moved my installations to after that, it worked flawlessly.

Adding your key to Windows 8 for successful activation

When you’ve installed Windows 8 it won’t let you edit certain settings until you’ve activated it. But to be able to do that you’ll need to enter your license key first. There’s no obvious way of doing that in the enterprise version, so just do it like it’s done in Server Core in three easy steps:

  1. Fire up CMD with administrative rights.
  2. Then you’ll just enter slmgr /ipk 12345-12345-12345-12345-12345<enter> Substitute 12345 with your key of course.
  3. When it’s done, just enter slmgr /ato to activate Windows.

Boom! You’re done!

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New downloads from Microsoft

Monday morning and the downloads just pours out from Redmond!

A new beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials is available at Now with some upped specs, from 25 users to 75. Which actually makes it quite useful. And no need to reinstall either like the old SBS.

The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool is available in a new and fresh version too. If you’re using this to keep your VM’s up to date it’s time to upgrade. Find it over at