The other day I was at a customer and I ran in to this problem:

Empty location for package: _SMSTSBEN0004A


The problem here is related to how the OS Image gets downloaded/applied during the task sequence.

At this customer, the Task Sequence was set to Access content directly from the distribution point, which is an option I usually don’t set, because I prefer to download the image first to the client before applying it.

Keep in mind if you use this option, you need to check both these checkboxes:

How to fix the error

1. Go to the Options tab of the Apply Operating System step in the Task Sequence to find the option Access content directly from the distribution point.

SCCM Distribution Point - access content directly from the distribution point

2. Go to Properties of the OS Image and go to the Data Access tab to find the option Copy the content in this package share on distribution points.


At the end of the day, I ended up with removing both of these check boxes. However, if you want to use this option, remember to check both of these check boxes.


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  1. Hi Daniel,
    I’ve a similar issue:

    Having two Boundary Groups, BG1 for the 192.168.x.y subnet and one other for the 10.10.10.x subnet. Each BG is one DP assigned, BG1 contains other roles as well, BG2 only DP. I’m distributing an OS only to the DP in BG2 assuming a client in BG2 will be able to contact the DP and download the OS from the DP.

    So I use the default settings within the TS and selected the following deployment options:

    “Download content locally when needed by the running task sequence”

    That fails with error code 0x80070002. It seems as if the client will contact the DP in BG1 to download the OS, but it fails for sure, because the OS has not been distributed there.

    If I activate the options that you have disabled in Step 1 and 2, everything works fine.

    Is there a chance to get the content downloaded from the DP in BG2 without having the content also available on the DP in BG1?


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