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This article describes an update to support Alternate Content Provider in Task Sequence in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
In an operating system deployment scenario, distribution point locations that are stored in task sequence variables are currently inaccessible to Alternate Content Provider. Therefore, applications that are written to use the Alternate Content Provider APIs in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager are affected.
To support Alternate Content Provider in Task Sequence, this update introduces the SMSTSDownloadProgram task sequence environment variable. The SMSTSDownloadProgram task sequence environment variable is specified as follows:
Hotfix informationA supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
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PrerequisitesTo apply this update, you must have Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) installed.
For more information about CU1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2717295This update is applicable on the following roles:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2717295/ )Description of Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Restart requirementIf you close the Configuration Manager Administrator console before you apply this hotfix, you do not have to restart the computer.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
File informationThe English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager file information notes
Note Some other files may be updated because of dependencies. However, the binaries of these files are not changed.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about Configuration Manager Alternate Content Provider, go to the following Microsoft website:
Configuration Manager Alternate Content ProviderFor more information about how to install this update, go to the following Microsoft TechNet websites:
Update System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
New cumulative update servicing model for System Center 2012 Configuration ManagerFor more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ )Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates