So how do you install your SharePoint updates?

After SharePoint security update MS10-039 Central Admin and web pages not working – Steve Chen [MSFT] about SharePoint mysteries and related – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/steve_chen/archive/2010/06/22/after-sharepoint-security-update-ms10-039-central-admin-and-web-pages-not-working.aspx#_Symptom_#3  

Either I’m totally confused or totally spazzing out on SharePoint patches tonight.


That blog says:


“Remember, applying a patch, cumulative update or service pack to SharePoint is a two-step process:

1. Install the binaries

2. Run psconfig (or SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard) to update the databases”

That’s not been my experience with SharePoint updates.  When I install the patch on the real babies, I do it manually via MU.  I don’t manually download it, I don’t use WSUS.  I run them all by themselves using Microsoft update.  When I do that it installs the update in “quiet’ mode and does the psconfig command automatically.  The log files the psconfig does is then laid down here:


  • PSCDiagnostics_Datecode.log
    By default, this file is located in the “Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\LOGS” folder.
  • Upgrade.log
    By default, this file is located in the “Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\LOGS” folder.

Knock on wood I’ve had no runs, no drips no errors with my SharePoint updating manually installing them via Microsoft update.


Open up that folder and look in that log file location



If you see “failed to initialize SharePoint upgrade” then fire up a c prompt (run as admin) get to the c:\ Program files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\bin and run a manual command of pccoinfg -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force



The patch hasn’t broken anything, it just didn’t finish what it was supposed to.  When it says it cannot connect to the database, the database isn’t gone, it’s just not finished the patching sequence.

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