SCCM OSD – Failed to Run Task Sequence (0X80004005)

I had a system delivered recently with a NIC which was dead on arrival. (Dell quality is going up and up!!)

An engineer attended site and replaced the motherboard. Next time I attempted to run OSD from PXE boot I encountered an error :

Failed to run Task Sequence (0X80004005)

So I looked in X:\Windows\temp\smsts.log and noticed :

SyncTimeWithMP() failed. 80004005.

The genius engineer had set the time wrong, or not at all – so when the machine was trying to make a secure connection with the management point it was failing!!

Setting the time correctly in the BIOS / firmeware resolved the issue.

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