Updating to SP1 in Sharepoint MOSS 2007 Nightmare

This 'production' service pack that microsoft released is harder to install than my linux wireless NIC

NOTE

This seems to only be a problem if you are already joined to a server farm, not if it is a fresh install

Ok, I love Microsoft, I might even call myself a fanboy, but this Service Pack 1 is a disaster if you are not working with fresh install.  This is the third time I have had to install it and each time it was a mess, so I am writing it down, step-by-step for anyone who has to go through this.  Keep in mind that this particular install was done on a completely naked 6 server farm with no data on it.  Here is the guide:

 

The first service pack must be the WSS 3.0 Service Pack and must be installed on each machine one-by-one, starting with the Central admin machines. 

 

First trying installing it normally (double clicking on it), THIS STEP IS NECESSARY to continue to the other methods. 

 

If that errors out, try this:

  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Navigate to C:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin
  3. Type psconfig -cmd upgrade -force

 

If that errors, try this from the same command prompt:

  1. stsadm -o upgrade -inplace -forceupgrade

 

If that errors 

  1. Check the Log file produced - if it complains about not having a web.config file:
  2. Copy the web.config file from the server that hosts the Central admin in the directory: C:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS
  3. Paste that to identical directory on the error machine
  4. Run stsadm -o upgrade -inplace -forceupgrade again

 

Once that is installed, install the MOSS 2007 SP1 by double clicking on it, that can be done all machines in the farm at the same time.

 

If that fails: 

  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Navigate to C:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin
  3. Type psconfig -cmd upgrade -force
    • This will look now for the new failed update, even though the process is the same.
    • You HAVE to try to run it normally for this to work

 

Now you are ready to run the hotfix (wss-kb941422-fullfile-x86-glb.exe)

 

This will install by double-clicking the exe, and should not error out.

 

Now you need to run the Configuration Manager on each machine one-by-one.  And you should be done with the upgrade...

 

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