Create a Database of Error Codes and Descriptions for Windows and ConfigMgr

In a recent post, I described different ways to translate error codes for Windows and Configuration Manager into their friendly descriptions.  In this post, I will show you how to create a SQL database of known error codes and descriptions that you can join to in your SQL queries, to help simplify your troubleshooting, and I will also give some example queries you can use with Configuration Manager.

Windows and system error codes are standard and are published by Microsoft on MSDN, but there is no published resource of error codes for Configuration Manager 2012 onwards that I know of.  To have a database of all these codes is quite useful as they are not stored either in WMI or in the ConfigMgr database – only the error codes themselves are stored.  These codes are translated to their descriptions by the ConfigMgr console and the ConfigMgr SSRS Reports probably utilizing dll files.

I extracted a list of 11,839 error codes and descriptions using the SrsResource.dll, as described in the previous post, and exported them into a csv file.  Using the PowerShell function below, I converted each error code to give the hex and decimal codes for each.  In Configuration Manager, the log files and reports tend to use the hexadecimal value or the ‘signed integer’ decimal value for the error code, however WMI stores the codes as ‘unsigned integers’ (always positive or zero), therefore I have included all three for easy referencing.

function Convert-Number {

$binary = [Convert]::ToString($Number,2)

if ($ToBinary)

if ($ToHexadecimal)
        $hex = "0x" + [Convert]::ToString($Number,16)

if ($ToSignedInteger)
        $int32 = [Convert]::ToInt32($binary,2)
if ($ToUnSignedInteger)
        $Uint64 = [Convert]::ToUInt64($binary,2)

Using this function, you can convert between binary, hexadecimal, signed and unsigned integers:

CaptureTo import those codes into a SQL database, first download the attached XLSX file which contains all the codes, and save it in CSV format.  The error descriptions have had any line breaks removed so that they will import correctly.


Now run the following T-SQL code against your SQL instance.  It will create a new database called ‘ErrorCodes’ and import all the entries from the CSV into a new table called ‘WindowsErrorCodes’.  Change the path to the CSV file as needed.

I’m using the same SQL instance as my Configuration Manager database so I can easily reference the two.

Create Database ErrorCodes
USE ErrorCodes;
CREATE TABLE WindowsErrorCodes (
Hexadecimal VARCHAR(10) NOT NULL,
SignedInteger BIGINT NOT NULL,
UnSignedInteger BIGINT NOT NULL,
ErrorDescription NVARCHAR(MAX)

INSERT WindowsErrorCodes
FROM '<mycomputer>\C$\temp\ErrorCodes_Final.csv'

Now let’s run a quick query to find a Configuration Manager error description:


If I want to query for application deployment errors, similar to the PowerShell script in my last post, then I can use the following query entering the AssignmentID of the application deployment, which you can find from the ConfigMgr Console in the additional columns.  I will join the app deployment errors by their error code to my new database to return the error descriptions for each.  Join the ErrorCode field from the ConfigMgr database views with the SignedInteger field from the error code database.

select  app.ApplicationName, ass.CollectionName,
sys.Name0 as 'Computer Name',
det.ResourceID, det.CIVersion, det.ErrorCode, det.Errortype,
err.Hexadecimal, err.ErrorDescription
from v_CIErrorDetails det
inner join V_R_System sys on det.ResourceID = sys.ResourceID
inner join v_CIAssignmentToCI ci on det.CI_ID = ci.CI_ID
inner join v_CIAssignment ass on ci.AssignmentID = ass.AssignmentID
inner join v_ApplicationAssignment app on ci.AssignmentID = app.AssignmentID
left join ErrorCodes.dbo.WindowsErrorCodes err on det.ErrorCode = err.SignedInteger
where ci.AssignmentID = 16777540
order by sys.Name0



Cool 🙂

I can also get summary data categorized by the error code, for that deployment, again using the AssignmentID:

from vAppDeploymentErrorStatus err
inner join v_CIAssignment ass on err.AssignmentUniqueID = ass.Assignment_UniqueID
inner join vAppDTDeploymentSummary sum on err.DTCI = sum.DTCI
left join ErrorCodes.dbo.WindowsErrorCodes code on err.ErrorCode = code.SignedInteger
where err.assignmentID = 16777540
and sum.assignmentID = err.AssignmentID
and err.ErrorCode <> 0
order by Description, Total desc



Both of these queries together roughly equate to what you can see in the ConfigMgr Console > Deployments node:

capture4Since we now don’t depend on the Console or the SSRS reports to translate the error descriptions for us, we can go ahead and more easily create custom reports or SQL queries or PowerShell scripts to report this information for us 🙂


How to Get the Deployment Status of ConfigMgr Applications with PowerShell

PowerShell and SQL server.  It’s a combination I’m liking more every day 🙂  In this post, I give you a PowerShell script that will query your ConfigMgr SQL server and return the deployment status of a ConfigMgr Application.

It will return data for each deployment of the application, giving you the names of the deployment types and the targeted collections, as well as the status of each computer that has received the deployment.  The SQL query will interpret the AppEnforcementState value to it’s friendly name to make it easier to determine the deployment status of each device.  Finally, we sort by the LastComplianceMessageTime, showing the most recently completed deployments at the top.

Results can be returned into PowerShell’s Gridview, or CSV format, where you can filter the results for a specific deployment type, targeted collection, deployment status, computer, or deployment compliance message time.


What about package and task sequence deployments, you say?  Watch this space 😉

To run the script you will need db_datareader access to your ConfigMgr SQL database, or you can enter the credentials of an SQL account that does in the script.

Enter the following variables:

  • $ApplicationName – The name of the ConfigMgr Application
  • $CSV – Enter Yes to return the data into a csv file
  • $Grid – Enter Yes to return the data into PowerShell’s Gridview
  • $datasource – The name of the SQL Server and Instance hosting your ConfigMgr database
  • $database – Your ConfigMgr database name


This script gets the Deployment status of a ConfigMgr 2012 Application


$ApplicationName = "Cisco Webex Meeting Center" # Enter the Application Name
$CSV = "No" # Output to CSV, Yes or No
$Grid = "Yes" # Out-Gridview, Yes or No

# Database info

$dataSource = “mysqlserver\INST_SCCM”
$database = “CM_ABC”

# Get Start Time
$startDTM = (Get-Date)

# Open a connection
Write-host "Opening a connection to '$database' on '$dataSource'"
#Using windows authentication, or..
$connectionString = “Server=$dataSource;Database=$database;Integrated Security=SSPI;”
# Using SQL authentication
#$connectionString = "Server=$dataSource;Database=$database;uid=ConfigMgrDB_Read;pwd=Pa$$w0rd;Integrated Security=false"
$connection = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection
$connection.ConnectionString = $connectionString

# Getting Application Deployment Data
Write-host "Running query..."

$query = "
select distinct
aa.CollectionName as 'Target Collection',
ae.descript as 'Deployment Type Name',
s1.netbios_name0 as 'Computer Name',
case when ae.AppEnforcementState = 1000 then 'Success'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 1001 then 'Already Compliant'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 1002 then 'Simulate Success'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2000 then 'In Progress'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2001 then 'Waiting for Content'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2002 then 'Installing'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2003 then 'Restart to Continue'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2004 then 'Waiting for maintenance window'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2005 then 'Waiting for schedule'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2006 then 'Downloading dependent content'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2007 then 'Installing dependent content'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2008 then 'Restart to complete'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2009 then 'Content downloaded'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2010 then 'Waiting for update'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2011 then 'Waiting for user session reconnect'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2012 then 'Waiting for user logoff'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2013 then 'Waiting for user logon'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2014 then 'Waiting to install'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2015 then 'Waiting retry'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2016 then 'Waiting for presentation mode'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2017 then 'Waiting for Orchestration'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2018 then 'Waiting for network'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2019 then 'Pending App-V Virtual Environment'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 2020 then 'Updating App-V Virtual Environment'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 3000 then 'Requirements not met'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 3001 then 'Host platform not applicable'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 4000 then 'Unknown'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5000 then 'Deployment failed'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5001 then 'Evaluation failed'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5002 then 'Deployment failed'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5003 then 'Failed to locate content'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5004 then 'Dependency installation failed'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5005 then 'Failed to download dependent content'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5006 then 'Conflicts with another application deployment'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5007 then 'Waiting retry'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5008 then 'Failed to uninstall superseded deployment type'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5009 then 'Failed to download superseded deployment type'
when ae.AppEnforcementState = 5010 then 'Failed to updating App-V Virtual Environment'
End as 'State Message'
from v_R_System_Valid s1
join vAppDTDeploymentResultsPerClient ae on ae.ResourceID=s1.ResourceID
join v_CICurrentComplianceStatus ci2 on ci2.CI_ID=ae.CI_ID AND
join v_ApplicationAssignment aa on ae.AssignmentID = aa.AssignmentID
where ae.AppEnforcementState is not null and aa.ApplicationName='$ApplicationName'
order by LastComplianceMessageTime Desc
$command = $connection.CreateCommand()
$command.CommandText = $query
$result = $command.ExecuteReader()

$table = new-object “System.Data.DataTable”
$Count = $table.Rows.Count

if ($CSV -eq "Yes")
$Date = Get-Date -Format HH-mm--dd-MMM-yy
$Path = "C:\Script_Files\SQLQuery-$Date.csv"
$table | Export-Csv -Path $Path
Invoke-Item -Path $Path
If ($Grid -eq "Yes")
$table | Out-GridView -Title "Deployment Status of Application '$ApplicationName' ($count machines)"

# Close the connection

# Get End Time
$endDTM = (Get-Date)

# Echo Time elapsed
"Elapsed Time: $(($endDTM-$startDTM).totalseconds) seconds"