SCCM – BADMIF error 4

It is very common to get the following errors in your SCCM component status window for the component “SMS_Inventory_Data_loader” – the most of common of which goes something along the lines of

Inventory Data Loader failed to process the file D:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\auth\\Process\H38H6C71.MIF because it is larger than the defined maximum allowable size of 5000000.

The size of the MIFs can be checked by navigating to D:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\auth\\BADMIFS\ExceedSizeLimit and taking note of the largest MIF, then adding a bit of headroom, modifying the registry as per

For one client recently, once that was done, the larger MIFs started processing, however they then got many entry’s in D:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\auth\\BADMIFS\ErrorCode_4

This article – nicely documents some of the errors you may get, but not specifically what error code 4 relates to. This TechNet forum post seems to nail the issue, but not necessarily how to solve it.

In my case, I navigated to the SCCM logs directory, open dataldr.log and searched for errors to find the specific line of SQL which was not being imported nicely – it was pretty easy to find thanks to CMTrace’s desire to highlight lines with “error” in them to red.

With this, its fairly easy to see that the troublesome statement is

*** [23000][547][Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 11.0][SQL Server]The INSERT statement conflicted with the FOREIGN KEY constraint “WINDOWS8_APPLICATION_USER_INFO_DATA_FK”. The conflict occurred in database “CM_xxx”, table “dbo.System_DATA”, column ‘MachineID’. : pWINDOWS8_APPLICATION_USER_INFO_DATA


Armed with this information, you can then choose if you care about this hardware inventory information – and if not, you can exclude it from inventory.

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