An update is available for the “Operating System Deployment” feature of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Download the hotfix here.

This update resolves the following issues in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

Issue 1

After you enable the PXE Service Point role on an instance of a specific distribution point, or you select the Deploy this boot image from the PXE-enabled distribution point property of a boot image, the Windows Deployment Service (WDS) stops running. Additionally, entries that resemble the following are logged in the Windows Application log:

Issue 2

When operating system image files are downloaded to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 clients, you may find that the download takes longer than it did in previous versions of Configuration Manager 2012 clients. You may see this behavior when the target client is running Windows PE or a full Windows operating system.

Installation information

This update applies to Central Administration sites, primary sites, administrator consoles, and clients. Applying this update to a site server will let you create client update packages.
After the update is installed on site servers, any operating system boot images should be updated. To update boot images after the hotfix is applied, follow these steps:

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Software Library.
  2. In the Software Library workspace, expand Operating Systems, and then click Boot Images.
  3. Select the boot image that you want to update.
  4. Right-click and then select the Update Distribution Points action.
    Note This action updates all distribution points and may have an adverse effect on an environment that contains many distribution points.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all boot images that have previously been distributed.


  • All existing media (such as stand-alone, boot, or prestaged) that use existing boot images (default or custom) will have to be re-created.
  • To fully fix the problem in Issue 2, the client side .msp file has to be installed during the “Setup Windows and ConfigMgr task by using the PATCH= command.
  • For more information about how to update boot images, see the How to Manage Boot Images in Configuration Manager topic on the Microsoft TechNet website.


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One Comment

  1. Ryan Ephgrave

    Why would the patch fix issue two? Doesn’t the client get installed after the image is downloaded?

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