Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005

Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005 – Recently I had created a task sequence to deploy Windows 7 Enterprise using SCCM, one of the SCCM engineer reported an OSD issue.

The task sequence failed with an error, Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005. The issue was reported in a remote site which had a distribution point serving that site. All the task sequence content was available on the distribution point.

So far the task sequence was successfully imaging the machines, but this time it failed. The next step was to examine the log files to begin troubleshooting this issue.

I asked the SCCM engineer to check at what step the task sequence failed. I also asked him to send me the SMSTS.log file. Upon examining the SMSTS.log file I found the below error in the smsts.log file –

Error – Failed to open the Task Sequencing Environment. Code 0x80220005. Please ensure you are running this executable inside a properly configured OS Deployment task sequence.

Deployment task sequence.
Unknown error Error: 80220005; Source: Unknown
Exiting with return code 0x80220005
Process completed with exit code 2149711877

Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005

This task sequence has failed with error code 0x80220005 is often seen when automating the computer name by defining variables inside the task sequence.

Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x80220005

Solution – During the initial steps of the task sequence, the engineer was supposed to enter the computer name. This option was configured to make it easy for the engineer to provide a computer name of his choice and to avoid the system to auto-generate a random computer name which begins with MININT for the computer.

When asked on what computer name did he enter, he mentioned that he entered BALTRAJMANSOUR01. If you notice the computer name, it’s longer than 15 characters.

We know that the 16th character is always reserved to identify the functionality that is installed on the registered network device.

Upon entering the computer name of less than 15 characters, the OSD was successful. This fixed task sequence failed with error code 0x80220005. I hope this post helps you. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section.


  1. Hi Prajwal. I’m getting this same error trying to image a VM, only the machine name is 14 characters. Any other ideas?

  2. Avatar photo Kardo Ameen says:

    Thank you so much. Saved alot of time and effort.

  3. Same occurs if you do not have the right access to add or move computers in AD

  4. Avatar photo Greg Dennison says:

    Prajwal saves the day again! Keep up the great work!

  5. Problem solved! Thanks!

  6. Avatar photo Marcin K. says:

    Google > “sccm 0x80220005” > Prajwal’s site > problem solved. Total time 30 sec. Thnx alot 🙂

  7. Sorted my problem. Thank you!

  8. Jacob if you hit F8 you will get a command prompt window and you can copy it to a USB drive. Depending on what stage you are at the log file will be in different places.

    During OS Deployment

    Before your hard drive is formatted and partitioned
    X:\windows\temp\smstslog\ <——————————————(This is where I found it)

    After your hard drive is partitioned formatted
    X:\smstslog\ and then is in C:\_SMSTaskSequence\logs\smstslog\

    Within Windows

    Within Windows before the SCCM agent is installed:

    Within Windows after the SCCM agent installed:

    When the Task Sequence completes on a x86

    For x64 Systems

    I personally browsed to the folder it was in and copied just the file to USB then opened it with CMTrace.

  9. So, how did you get the SMSTS log, if the image process failed? This is probably well-known in the community. But, I’m new to the SCCM community.


  10. Avatar photo Brandon Lehman says:

    I wish I would have found this a day earlier! I would have saved lots of hours of troubleshooting…

      1. Hi Prajwal , i want to give OSDCOMPUTERNAME as LAB-#Right(“%SerialNumber%”,12)#, i am not able to full fill this requirement getting same error code 0x80220005.
        please help me out

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