Configmgr 2012 : Broken Applications in your task sequences after an upgrade (error 615)

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Scenario: Upgrading a Configmgr 2012 RTM/SP1/R2 environment to a new R2 SP1 environment will end up into broken applications in your Task sequences with error 615 in the status messages.

Issue: After the upgrade was successfully performed , suddenly all applications within my OSD task sequence start failing with the following error code :

The task sequence failed to install application Intel Management Engine for action (Install HW Driver Applications for HP8540P) in the group () with exit code 615. The operating system reported error 615: The password provided is too short to meet the policy of your user account. Please choose a longer password.


To be honest with my blog readers, this particular message can be caused by multiple reasons. I will list all possible solutions / workarounds that I have come across to solve this issue.

Cause 1 – Applications have no ContentID associated:

I blogged about this beginning of 2013 at

After some checks, I saw that it concerned only applications and I discovered that had no ContentID associated to each Deployment Type. In other words, all the applications created and that are embedded in a TS with no direct deployments attached to the Application. It appears that the upgrade process broke all applications.

You can confirm this with the Application Catalog downloads as well. You will see “+++ Did not detect app deployment type”… in the AppDiscovery.log file. Additionally, the Software Center will show the error message “Failed”. Clicking on the details will result in “The software change returned error code 0x87D00607(-2016410105).”

We found as workaround, you have simply to add a comment to each DT and it will update the content ID. Nevertheless, the change means that a redistribution of your application on all your DP’s.

Following the steps as further discussed in this blog post at, the application will successfully install afterwards.

Cause 2 – Corrupt task sequence:

In some cases the policy that is related to the task sequence gets corrupt. This can be easily solved by creating a brand new task sequence and copying the steps from the older one side-by-side. Delete the old task sequence & create a new deployment for the just newly created task sequence.

Cause 3 – SMSMP parameter set incorrect:

I had also had problems after upgrading to SCCM R2 SP1. I was not able to install any applications as part of a task sequence as they all failed with error 615 or error 0x80004005. Installing applications outside of a Task sequence did work normally. The status message reported was exactly the same as described above "615 Password too short".

After investigating the client side log files it turned out, that the SCCM client was trying to download the application package using https first and after a few retry’s would switch to http only.

Because my DP is configured to accept http and https as like default behavior. I fixed the Problem by changing the value of the SMSMP parameter in the Task sequence step "Setup Windows and Configuration Manager" from


to this:


After this change, application installation worked as expected again.


Cause 4 – FIPS has been enabled :

Enabling FIPS mode makes Windows and its subsystems use only FIPS-validated cryptographic algorithms. An example is Schannel, which is the system component that provides SSL and TLS to applications. When FIPS mode is enabled, Schannel disallows SSL 2.0 and 3.0, protocols that fall short of the FIPS standards. Applications such as web browsers that use Schannel then cannot connect to HTTPS web sites that don’t use at least TLS 1.0. (Note that the same results can be achieved without FIPS mode by configuring Schannel according to KB 245030 and this blog post.)

Enabling FIPS mode also causes the .NET Framework to disallow the use of non-validated algorithms.

Microsoft advises not to use FIPS anymore as shown in the screenshot below :


In our case this solved the issue with the error 615. Probably it was a combination of things , but this is certainly something to disable and try.

Cause 5 – Use the latest CU2 on CM12 R2 SP1 :

Always make sure to use the latest CU’s as they include important fixes . You can download CU2 over here :

The two most important fixes that may help to avoid error 615 in CU2 for R2 SP1 are :

– Applications will not install when you use them with a dynamic variable list in a task sequence if no SMB package share was defined for the content. This affects only installations that use a dynamic variable list. Other installation methods are unaffected.

No Http location found
Failed to download content for SMS package PRI00080, hr=0x80004005
Install Dynamic software action failed to resolve content for packageID: ‘PRI00080′, programID: ‘TestApp’. Error Code 0x80004005

– In a Configuration Manager environment in which multiple certificates are deployed to client computers, the client may select the wrong certificate for use in management point communication. This occurs when one certificate is based on a version 2 template and one is based on version 3. The client will select the certificate that has the longest validity period. This may be the version 3 certificate, and this certificate may not be currently supported by Configuration Manager. Errors that resemble the following are recorded in the ClientIDManagerStartup.log file.

[RegTask] – Executing registration task synchronously.
RegTask: Failed to create registration request body. Error: 0x80090014


Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MVP Enterprise Mobility