The program for advertisement "HQ020458" failed ("HQ0000EC" - "InstallincSP2"). A failure exit code of 255 was returned.
User context: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Possible cause: Systems Management Server (SMS) determines status for each program it executes. If SMS cannot find or correlate any installation status Management Information Format (MIF) files for the program, it uses the program's exit code to determine status. An exit code of 255 is considered a failure.
Solution: For more information on the exit code, refer to the documentation for the program you are distributing.

We're receiving the above error when running a package to install Outlook2007 and SP2 to a few test computers.
The SMS program runs a batch file which basically installs Outlook and then SP2 (long and complicated reason why were doing this). Although the advertisiment completes, and Outlook2007 and SP2 install without an issue, SMS stil reports the above error upon exit.

The failure exit code doesn't show any results on google.
Does anybody know what could be causing this error and how we can resolve to show success?
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1. There is a dedicated SCCM/SMS forum in All Forums >> [AppDeploy Forums] >> Distribution >> SCCM/SMS (here)

2. I suspect that its the SP2 executable which is returning 255. That's easily checkable by running it in a batch file and checking ERRORLEVEL. If that's the case, there may be a reason (does it require a reboot/restart Outlook?) but, if not, you can work round it simply enough by running some innocuous command line tool which will always return a success value (i.e. 0)
Answered 11/07/2009 by: VBScab
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