Task sequence with dynamic variable list continues if an application install fails, or it reinstalls applications already installed

Symptoms

When you use a task sequence to install applications, you experience one of the following symptoms:

  • A task sequence tries to reinstall applications that are already installed by using a dynamic variable list if one of the applications is configured to restart the computer. For example, if the third in a list of three applications requires a restart, the task sequence tries to reinstall the first and second applications in the list after the restart.

  • A task sequence continues if there's an application installation failure, even if the Continue on error option is not selected in the task sequence properties. This applies to task sequences that use a dynamic variable list to install applications.


Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is 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.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to apply this hotfix.

Restart information

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.


Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Configmgr1511-client-kb3122677-x64.msp

Not Applicable

1,149,440

24-Nov-2015

01:50

Not Applicable

Smsappinstall.exe

5.0.8325.1110

290,992

24-Nov-2015

01:50

x64

Configmgr1511-adminui-kb3122677-i386.msp

Not Applicable

7,248,896

24-Nov-2015

01:50

Not Applicable

Configmgr1511-client-kb3122677-i386.msp

Not Applicable

889,344

24-Nov-2015

01:50

Not Applicable

Microsoft.configurationmanagement.exe

5.0.8325.1110

405,168

24-Nov-2015

01:50

x86

Smsappinstall.exe

5.0.8325.1110

218,288

24-Nov-2015

01:50

x86


Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References

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