Are you able to "push" a provisioning task to the system to get past the wait?
I had a similar issue during the same time I had a COM+ object leaking memory (dllhost.exe), which there is a patch for.
Also, this issue will come up if you try to provision two or more systems at the same time (at least for me).
Are you seeing any other issues in Landesk that seem unrelated? "cannot establish secure communication (-5)" errors when remote controlling, or anything funky like that?
I'm on 9.0 SP2 and having the same issue. Just goes to Retry every time. I've tried scheduling a task but it doesn't work. Tried different computers and different templates still no go. Getting kind of frustrated.
Check log file in \\CORESERVER\LOG\prov_schedule.exe.log right after attempting this and post the log here. Also, do you have a lot of software distribution tasks in your template?
I had a similar issue yesterday, and it kept retrying 40 attempts of 40, then crashing. It turned out the service account on the server was locked out.
Unlocked and worked first time.