How to obtain error code descriptions in Configuration Manager reports

This article describes how to obtain error code descriptions in Configuration Manager reports.

Original product version:   Configuration Manager
Original KB number:   944375

Obtain error code descriptions

Some reports that are included together with Configuration Manager display errors codes that don't contain an error description. However, you can obtain a description by deciphering the error code. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, open the report that contains the error code that you want to decipher.

  2. Convert the error code from decimal to hexadecimal. For example, if the error code is -2147012889, you must convert -2147012889 to a hexadecimal value. In this case, the hexadecimal value is FFFFFFFF80072EE7.

  3. Remove the FFFFFFFF in front of the converted error code. In this example, the error code becomes 80072EE7.

  4. Use the following information to locate the error description:

    • Converted error codes that begin with 80072 are typically WinHTTP error codes, such as host not found errors. Convert the trailing four hexadecimal bytes to a decimal value. For example, 2EE7 is 12007 decimal. To view the WinHTTP error codes, see Error Messages.

      For example, error code 12007 maps to the following error description:

      ERROR_WINHTTP_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED 12007 The server name cannot be resolved

    • Converted error codes that begin with 8009 are typically CryptoAPI error codes, such as certificate expired errors or CN= mismatch errors. You can use the Trace32 program to view the error code directly when you type trace32 together with the error code. For more information about CryptoAPI error codes and other Windows System error codes, see Error Codes.

    • Converted error codes that begin with 800402 or 800403 are typically Configuration Manager error codes. For more information about custom error codes for Configuration Manager, see Custom Error Codes for Configuration Manager 2007.

    • All other error codes are typically Windows error codes or third-party error codes. All Windows error codes can be identified by using the Trace32 program and by specifying the error code, such as 80072EE7.