SCCM OSD Basic troubleshooting

The root of all Task Sequence troubleshooting is called smsts.log — and this log is always the first step to troubleshooting any TS issue — if you have an issue, look in here first!

Unfortunately, the smsts.log can be stored in one of 7 locations, depending on the stage of the build and the architecture of the OS:

•WindowsPE, before HDD format:

•WindowsPE, after HDD format:
x:\smstslog\smsts.log and copied to c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log

•Full version windows, before SCCM agent installed:

•Full version windows, after SCCM agent installed:

•Full version x64 windows, after SCCM agent installed:

•After Task Sequence has finished running

•After Task Sequence has finished running(x64)

Information is also logged as SCCM client events, which can be viewed by running the SCCM report:
Last 1000 messages for a specific computer (Errors, warnings and information)

As a general rule, the SMSTS.log provides more detail, however the SCCM client events are easier to read, and, for simple issues, can lead you to the root cause very quickly.

PXE boot issues
In order to resolve PXE boot issues, there are two main log files we are interested in:

•Pxecontrol.log — which is located in the installation logs directory (eg C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs\pxecontrol.log)

•Smspxe.log — which is located in MP logs directory (eg C:\Program Files (x86)\SMS_CCM\Logs\smspxe.log)


Initialization failed with error code 80040001

Initialization failed with error code 80040001. For more information click Help, otherwise click OK to reboot.

Error Message

Click “F8” before error message is prompted to access the Command prompt.

Once you are in the command prompt. Check whether there is an IP Address assigned using the command “IPCONFIG”. If not you will get the similar error message as shown below:

IP Config Error

Then you try using the command “Diskpart” as shown in the below screenshot.

Diskpart 1

Diskpart 2

Once done. Now, check whether you have a valid IP address and proceed further as usual.