Redistribute Failed Package Distributions in ConfigMgr with PowerShell

Here’s a little script I wrote based on one written by David O’Brien that allows you to redistribute failed package distributions in Configuration Manager by selecting which packages you want to redistribute.

First the script queries WMI to find packages that are not in the “installed” state, ie the distribution is not successfully completed.  It will then display these in PowerShell’s gridview so you can view details about the package and the distribution.


Simply select which packages you wish to redistribute and click OK.

Using the “Distribution Point Job Queue Manager” available from the Configuration Manager toolkit is a great way to monitor the distributions:



Enter your sitecode at the top of the script, and run in on your site server.

$SiteCode = "ABC"
$failures = Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\sms\site_$SiteCode -Query "SELECT * FROM SMS_PackageStatusDistPointsSummarizer WHERE State <> 0" |
    Select ServerNALPath,LastCopied,PackageType,State,PackageID,SummaryDate |
        ForEach-Object {
            $PKG = Get-WmiObject -NameSpace root\sms\site_$SiteCode -Class SMS_Packagebaseclass -Filter "PackageID = '$($_.PackageID)'" | Select Name,PackageSize
            $server = $_.ServerNALPath.Split("\\")[2]
            $size = $PKG.PackageSize / 1KB
            $State =  switch ($_.State)
                    1 {"Install_Pending"}
                    2 {"Install_Retrying"}
                    3 {"Install_Failed"}
                    4 {"Removal_Pending"}
                    5 {"Removal_Retrying"}
                    6 {"Removal_Failed"}
                    7 {"Instal_Start_Pending"}
                    8 {"Content Validation Failed"}
            $Type = switch ($_.PackageType)
                    0 {"Standard Package"}
                    3 {"Driver Package"}
                    4 {"Task Sequence Package"}
                    5 {"Software Update Package"}
                    6 {"Device Setting Package"}
                    7 {"Virtual App Package"}
                    8 {"Application Package"}
                    257 {"OS Image Package"}
                    258 {"Boot Image Package"}
                    259 {"OS Install Package"}
            $LastCopied = [System.Management.ManagementDateTimeconverter]::ToDateTime($_.LastCopied)
            $SummaryDate = [System.Management.ManagementDateTimeconverter]::ToDateTime($_.SummaryDate)
            New-Object psobject -Property @{
                Name = $PKG.Name
                'PackageSize (MB)' = $size
                PackageType = $Type
                PackageID = $_.PackageID
                State = $State
                StateCode = $_.State
                DistributionPoint = $server
                LastCopied = $LastCopied
                SummaryDate = $SummaryDate
        } |
            Select Name,'PackageSize (MB)',PackageType,PackageID,State,StateCode,DistributionPoint,LastCopied,SummaryDate | Sort LastCopied -Descending |
                Out-GridView -Title "Select package/s to redistribute" -OutputMode Multiple |
                 ForEach-Object {
                    Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\sms\site_$SiteCode -Query "SELECT * FROM SMS_DistributionPoint WHERE PackageID='$($_.PackageID)' and ServerNALPath like '%$($_.DistributionPoint)%'" |
                        ForEach-Object {
                            $_.RefreshNow = $true

6 thoughts on “Redistribute Failed Package Distributions in ConfigMgr with PowerShell

  1. Hey,

    when I run the script, I get the following error message:

    Exception calling “ToDateTime” with “1” argument(s): “Specified argument was out of the range of valid values.
    Parameter name: dmtfDate”
    At redist.ps1:32 char:13
    + $LastCopied = [System.Management.ManagementDateTimeconverter]::ToDat …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ArgumentOutOfRangeException

    Did I forget to set a variable?

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