SCCM 2012: Software Update Download failed with ERROR: There was an error downloading the software update. (12029)
September 27, 2012
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Issue: I tried to download updates creating a new Software Update Package using a remote SCCM console. SCCM created a folder for the first update under the Package Source folder, but could not download content – failed with ERROR: There was an error downloading the software update. (12029)
Resolution: I checked PatchDownloader.log located in %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp\3 folder and found the error saying the content cannot be downloaded from Microsoft Update site.
There is a proxy in the environment. I set proxy settings in IE and content was downloaded successfully.
Note: There is a Proxy Settings in properties of Software Update Point in SCCM. Do not forget to set it up if there is no direct connection to Microsoft Update sites from your SCCM SUP. This settings affects SUP/Microsoft synchronization process only!
To download Software Update Content you have to have proxy configured in IE on the machine you use to run the SCCM console. At least that solve the issue for me.