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“There is a problem connecting with the server” error in Software Catalog

While working on my spanking new SCCM vNext/2012, trying to load the Software catalog through the Internet Explorer browser (http://<servername>/cmsoftwarecatalog) prompted me with the following error.

There is a problem connecting with the server.

The Web site cannot communicate with the server. This may be a temporary problem. Click the Retry action to submit your request again. If this problem continues, try again later, or view the “More Information” section to see details about the problem.

Further investigation revealed that this is due to the WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) is not activated. This then led me to find out more on this WCF service. Apparently WCF is a component of the .Net Framework. That immediately took me to check on the Server Manager console, under Features, under .Net Framework Features. Simply click to select the checkbox for WCF Activation. Click Add Required Services when promoted. Wait a few moments for ConfigMgr vNext/2012 to attempt another install of the Software Catalog component, and then try again. Hopefully this will work for you. Good luck!

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10 responses

  1. Matt

    Excellent – i`ve lost count of the number of times i`ve removed and readded that role trying to get it to work!

    May 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    • Cheers, Matt. Good to know there’s lots out there testing this awesome product.

      May 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  2. Jocke

    WCF WTF? Thanks, that helped.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

  3. Dear Wei King,

    i have some issue when i install SCCMR2 with remote SQL server.
    In My Environment: i have 3 VM server and run different function.
    – 1 server As Active DIrectory and DNS
    – 1 Server As SCCM server
    – 1 Server as SQL server.

    Those are 2 servers(SQL and SCCM server join domain
    and all the requirement and feature for install SCCM i have completed.
    when i start install the SCCM i face the issue ” SQL server sysadmin rights” category Error and the description “Either the user account running targeted for sited database installation ro the SQL server instannce could not be contacted to verify permissions. Setup cannot continue.”
    So, Could you help me some instruction with the screen shot to solved the issue.
    i appreciate your support.

    Best Regards,
    HKK

    July 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    • Hi alinfashion,

      I hate to do this but this is not related to this post. Could you drop me an email instead? weikingteh@gmail.com. Thanks.

      July 12, 2011 at 12:38 am

      • Prabhas

        Hi weikingteh,

        Thanks for your help , i missed to add WCF.

        September 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  4. osama

    thank you it works

    September 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

  5. ITNinjaGuy

    Hi weikingteh,,

    Thanks so much for this little gold nugget!
    Save me many hours of stuffing around 🙂

    January 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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