>SharePoint December Cumulative updates

>Had an issue installing this, well a couple of issues actually;

State of Farm prior to December updates: Standalone install also server running Sql 2005

  • Moss 2007
  • SP1
  • Infrastruture update
  • 2 x Security patches (Pre August updates)
  • August updates (However version number did not increment – known ‘to whom’ issue I understand)

The first update (Wss) installs fine but on running the SharePoint configuration wizard, that fails with a nondescript error (States the upgrade failed but gives no reason)
This is annoying as the reason (in this case) actually is in the upgrade log file created by the wizard.

[SearchQFE23318DatabaseAction] [] [DEBUG] [12/21/2008 10:47:28 AM]: SearchQFE23318DatabaseAction.Upgrade: Upgrading MSSCrawlHistory table index on database WSS_Search_MossDev.

[SPSearchDatabaseSequence] [ERROR] [12/21/2008 10:47:28 AM]: Action of Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPSearchDatabaseSequence failed.

Or something simmilar in your case.

Fortunately for me we have an MVP on staff and he suggested a resolution to me, which seems to do the trick nicely. Thanks Ben.

Here goes, may or may not work for you.

In Central admin -> operations -> Services on server, disable the search services – both of them

  • Office SharePoint Server Search
  • Windows SharePoint Services Help Search

Confirm / Ensure these services are stopped in windows services

  • Windows SharePoint services Timer
  • office SharePoint server search
  • Windows SharePoint Services Search

Re run the configuration wizard – should now succeed
Re configure the search services back in central admin
You will need to re associate a index server with your SSP
You may need to issue an IISRESET before this finally works

Subsequant install and Config wizard for Moss worked without a hitch.

Second issue:
Although the SharePoint team blog states:

“The version of content databases should be after successfully applying these updates.”

I found it to be Apparently, another known ‘to whom’ issue 🙂