Deal with The parameter is incorrect in SCCM

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When trying to create Stand-alone media, Bootable media, or Capture media on a USB Flash drive via the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 console, the Task Sequence Media Wizard fails with the following message:

Error creating media. Error message is: The parameter is incorrect.. Please refer to CreateTSMedia.log to get details.

Inspecting the CreateTsMedia.log shows the following errors:

Beginning media generation CreateTsMedia
Failed to create media (0x80070057) CreateTsMedia
CreateTsMedia failed with error 0x80070057, details="" CreateTsMedia

Creating the USB media in a ConfigMgr 2007 console running on other PCs may be successful and may not reproduce the problem.

The problem is a known issue with ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 and older, including R2 and R3, when the following conditions exist on the PC running the ConfigMgr 2007 console:

  • A mapped network drive exists on the PC.
  • The PC's hard drive has a partition with no drive letter attached to it.
  • The USB Flash drive has the wrong size.

To work around the problem, take the following three actions before trying to create the USB media via the ConfigMgr 2007 console:

  • Temporarily disconnect mapped network drives.
  • Via the Computer Management console, temporarily assign a drive letter to the "hidden" partition.
  • Change the USB Flash drive to one with more space on it.

Always try to create the media after each step, you might not have to perform all three solutions.

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