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sms: wbem_e_provider_load_failure causing odd sms client issues...

these are just as cryptic as it sounds since you don't really have any idea which provider is failing to load. the actual failure message looks like this: 0x80041013 - WBEM_E_PROVIDER_LOAD_FAILURE. your ccmexec.log may have exhibit strange errors like this:
Error loading service settings. Code 0x80041013 Phase 0 initialization failed (0x80041013) Service initialization failed (0x80041013)
if you're seeing these strange error messages, here's something you can try to fix it up:
  1. switch over to %windir%\system32\wbem.
  2. register all of the .dlls in this directory. here's a way that microsoft support stated:
    • for /f %s in ('dir /b *.dll') do regsvr32 /s %s
  3. issue the following two commands:
    • wmiprvse /regserver
    • winmgmt /regserver
if this doesn't resolve it, try the steps again. this time, add in step 2b (below). i'm not sure under what condition this occurs, but we found that we had to register tscfgwmi.dll. you'd perform it doing this:
2b. regsvr32 %windir%\system32\tscfgwmi.dll
please let me know if this works for you. i'm curious how many others have experienced it.


  1. OK, I googled this error message and found this blog. Any chance of more un-savy users to figure this out?

  2. not sure i follow... you mean you don't understand the post?

  3. Seems to be working for me, SMS Agent started ok. I found that restarting WMI was often enough to sort it out for a while. However it then died after. I shall see how those fixes get on, oddly it only happens on some servers and not them all... mm

  4. yes, i think it depends on the level of corruption. wmi is way too sensitive in my opinion. hoping all the hardening steps introduced in later service packs, hotfixes, and operating systems will put a cork in that problem permanently. thanks for the comment, barry.


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