Operating System Deployment task sequence fails with error: 0x80004005

It’s been an eventful week this week.  The problem our Support team faced this time was that some computers would not image and the symptoms were described as follows:

  1.  WindowsPE boots
  2. “Welcome to the task sequence” wizard appears
  3. Password entered
  4. Press enter and….

Failed to run task sequence
An error occured while retrieving policy for this computer (0x80004005).

I checked the SMSTS.log file on one of the problem computers which showed the following:

 The Solution:

The time\date in the computers BIOS was incorrect.  Setting these to the correct value resolved the issue.

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