What to do when you get an error when trying to add Windows 8.1 to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU3

Introduction

Cumulative Update 3 was released by Microsoft to add hot fixes and additional functionality to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. I installed it quickly as I wanted to begin testing Windows 8.1 Enterprise. However, when adding Windows 8.1 to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU3 I was presented with an error. I assumed the error was due to a misconfiguration on my part however it seems there was more to it than that.

Problem

I was trying to add Windows 8.1 as an operating system installer to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU3 when I got the following error

The specified path does not contain a valid operating system or you do not have permission to access it. Specify a valid path.

the specified path does not contain a valid operating system or you do not have permission to access it specify a valid path

The SMSAdminUI.log logfile located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\AdminUILog file revealed the following snippet:-

{Description = “Failed to get the image property from the source WIM file due to error 8007000d”;
    ErrorCode = 2147942413;
    File = “e:\\qfe\\nts\\sms\\

siteserver\\sdk_provider\\smsprov\\sspimagepackage.cpp”;
    Line = 586;
    Operation = “ExecMethod”;
    ParameterInfo = “SMS_OperatingSystemInstallPackage”;
    ProviderName = “WinMgmt”;
    StatusCode = 2147749889;
};

and after a quick search it seems others have had issues like this when the media they were using was inconsistent (in other words, a bad download).

I requested a hash check on the media and it failed. Below is the correct hash check (the hash check is listed below each download in the details section in MSDN).



hash check

you can use a utility that checks MD5 or SHA1 hash checksums  to verify the hash like this one.

 

Solution

After downloading the ISO again (third time) and verifying the hash check before attempting to use the ISO all was good and I could add the operating system without any problem.

Note: Below you can see a screenshot of a successful HASH verification

downloads

and below are the Windows 8.1 details after adding it as an operating system image installer.

windows 8 point 1

 

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