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8/06/2010

Fun with SQL 2005 Service Pack 3

At a remote client site last night, I ran into a series of problems with SQL 2005 RTM and updating it to SP3.

Error Number : 1612
Error Description : Unable to install Windows Installer MSP file

like that, on the SQL, AS, NS, RS, DTS and Tools components. Furthermore, the SP3 install was asking me for the original install media locations of the .msi files before failing each component during the Service Pack installation.

I tried a few of things unsuccessfully: setting explicit admin permissions on numerous folders (has worked in the past), using a different copy of SQL 2005 CD1 media, trying SP2 instead (same problems), uninstalling the antivirus software, googling like a mad man. (Er... I mean Binging.)

Eventually, my mad searching led me to this MSDN Blog Entry, which initially seemed very daunting. And I was correct, it was very time-consuming. But it worked.

(Note that if you've found this blog entry because you're experiencing some of the errors within, the above Blog Entry link Parts 1 and 2 are what you are looking for.)

This error in the service pack log files was the most telling:

Warning: Local cached package 'C:\WINDOWS\Installer\a1b67256.msi' is missing.

45 minutes of searching through logs for eight-digit random strings, copying files from the unpacked SP3 exe and the original media into c:\windows\installer, SQL, AS and RS all were installed by the service pack correctly.

But, the NS, DTS and Tools components gave me an entirely different error.

Error 2902
Operation ixfAssemblyCopy called out of sequence.

 I re-copied the msi and msp files, thinking that perhaps I had done something wrong. That didn't work. I reinstalled, noticing that NS and DTS were installed to be available on first run. I fully installed all features this time around for NS, DTS and Tools, but again, SP3 reported the above ixfAssemblyCopy error.

To get SP3 to take Tools, I had to uninstall and reinstall that component, using the CD2:\Setup\SqlRun_Tools.msi. That allowed Service Pack 3 to finally successfully update. 

What a night!

Some talking points:

  • Interesting how I was told five years ago that when Microsoft made SSIS, they didn't re-use a single line of code for DTS. That is hard to believe, since the installers for SSIS are still called SqlRun_DTS.msi.

  • There was some interesting stuff in the logs that threw me off. Stuff like

    MSI (s) (74:74) [20:12:05:278]: Note: 1: 2203 2: i:\35a1934bc4ebd525729353c57bb8\HotFixSQL\Files\sqlrun_sql.msp 3: -2147287037
    MSI (s) (74:74) [20:12:05:278]: SOURCEMGMT: Source is invalid due to missing/inaccessible package.

    That's really odd, since there actually is an I:\ drive mapped on this server, and it doesn't contain any folders like that. I assume that long-string-named folder is temporary and that its use of I: would be virtual. 

    Could the Service Pack actually have been thrown off by the fact that an i: drive existed? I couldn't unmap it, wasn't my server, but I can't help but thinking that was fishy.  Anyone else encountered service pack issues when an I: drive exists?

  • I still don't know the problem with why SP3 couldn't copy the .msi and .msp files on its own. Seems simple enough, what's the explanation? Couldn't be permissions, I gave explicit admin rights to the installing user to every folder I could. Talk about aggravating.

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