Friday, February 13, 2009

July 2008/Febuary 2009 SQL Security Patch – Known Issues and Resolutions

After going through the last few SQL Patches, I thought it would be usefull to compile a list of the top errors encountered and their fixes.
Error # in Summary.txt: 29506 Description: MSP Error: 29506 SQL Server Setup failed to modify security permissions on file for user xxx. To proceed, verify that the account and domain running SQL Server Setup exist, that the account running SQL Server Setup has administrator privileges, and that exists on the destination drive.
Fix: See the following MS Article KB916766. Notes: check on the file level, look for oddly named or abnormal modified dates as a starting place. Security must be granted at the individual file level.

Error # in Summary.txt: 11032 Description: Unable to install Windows Installer MSP file
Fix: A folder named FTData is not in the expected path, a search of the patch install log for "ERROR: FTE: InstallFTERef: Fail to create FTERef file:" (no quotes) will reveal the expected path. Create the folder in this pattern “F:\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\FTData” changing the path to match your install & what shows in the patch install log, when install complete copy all files to the existing FTData folder (for example) “F:\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\FTData” and delete the path\folder you created.

Error #: N/A Description: User has lost custom permissions to SSIS after patching. i.e. “Connect to SSIS Service on machine failed: Access is denied”
Fix: Patch hjorks the custom perms we have setup for SSIS. Recreate the perms according to the following post Connecting to a Remote SSIS Server with Access Is Denied Error.

Error #: N/A Description: Patch installs & reports success, but, one or more nodes in the cluster are un-patched (i.e. still on previous build)
Fix: The problem occurs when the "Windows Installer" service is set to manual & is not running. Start the service & re-run the patch on the un-patched node(s). You should be prompted to reboot, if not, reboot manually. After reboot check @@version on the node(s) in question.

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