SQL Server 2008 Slipstream Setup on Windows Cluster May Fail With “The system cannot find the path specified”

SQL Server 2008 Slipstream Setup on Windows Cluster May Fail With “The system cannot find the path specified”

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Recently I encountered an issue where the in-place upgrade of the SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008 on the Windows Server 2003 cluster failed with following error:

 

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup

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The following error has occurred:

The system cannot find the path specified

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OK

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We were using Slipstream installation using Service Pack 1 and Cumulative Update 4. After clicking OK, the database services\full-text and replication components failed. The client tools and other components were applied successfully. I then checked the Summary_[nodename]_[datetime].txt in the recently created setup logs folder:

 

 

Summary.TXT

 

Overall summary:

Final result:                  SQL Server upgrade failed. To continue, investigate the reason for the failure, correct the problem, uninstall SQL Server using the following command line, and then rerun SQL Server Setup. Uninstall command line: setup /q /action=uninstall /instanceid=MSSQLSERVER /features=SQLEngine,Replication,FullText

  Exit code (Decimal):       -2068643839

  Exit facility code:           1203

  Exit error code:             1

  Exit message:                SQL Server upgrade failed. To continue, investigate the reason for the failure, correct the problem, uninstall SQL Server using the following command line, and then rerun     

  SQL Server Setup. Uninstall command line: setup /q /action=uninstall /instanceid=MSSQLSERVER /features=SQLEngine,Replication,FullText

  Start time:                    2010-03-19 02:58:28

  End time:                     2010-03-19 03:10:17

  Requested action:         Upgrade

  Log with failure:            C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20100319_025713\Detail.txt

 

 

Detailed results:

  Feature:                                   Database Engine Services

  Status:                                    Failed: see logs for details

  MSI status:                              Passed

  Configuration status:                Failed: see details below

  Configuration error code:         0xDC80C325

  Configuration error description:The system cannot find the path specified

  Configuration log:                    C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20100319_025713\Detail.txt

 

  Feature:                                   SQL Server Replication

  Status:                                     Failed: see logs for details

  MSI status:                              Passed

  Configuration status:                Failed: see details below

  Configuration error code:         0xDC80C325

  Configuration error description:The system cannot find the path specified

  Configuration log:                    C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20100319_025713\Detail.txt

 

  Feature:                                   Full-Text Search

  Status:                                     Failed: see logs for details

  MSI status:                              Passed

  Configuration status:                Failed: see details below

  Configuration error code:         0xDC80C325

  Configuration error description:The system cannot find the path specified

  Configuration log:                    C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20100319_025713\Detail.txt

 

Using the above information you could not find any pointers as to what path the setup is referring to. For this, you need to go to the Detail.Txt and get the details from there. Search for the "The system cannot find the path specified":

 

 

Detail.TXT

 

2010-03-19 03:07:29 SQLEngine: --RsFxConfiguration: InfFilePath is C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Shared\RsFxInstall\RsFx0103.inf

2010-03-19 03:07:29 SQLEngine: --RsFxConfiguration: ExecuteInfSection RetVal = 3

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: Configuration action failed for feature SQL_Engine_Core_Inst during timing ConfigNonRC and scenario ConfigNonRC.

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: The system cannot find the path specified

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: Configuration action failed for feature SQL_Engine_Core_Inst during timing ConfigNonRC and scenario ConfigNonRC.

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: The system cannot find the path specified

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.RsFxConfiguration.Install()

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.FilestreamConfiguration.Upgrade_ConfigNonRC(EffectiveProperties previousInstanceProperties)

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.SqlEngineSetupPrivate.UpgradeFilestream_NonRC(EffectiveProperties properties, EffectiveProperties previousInstanceProperties)

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.SqlEngineSetupPrivate.Upgrade_ConfigNonRC(EffectiveProperties properties, EffectiveProperties previousInstanceProperties)

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlEngine.SqlEngineSetupPrivate.Upgrade(ConfigActionTiming timing, Dictionary`2 actionData, PublicConfigurationBase spcbCurrent, Version fromVersion)

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlConfigBase.SqlFeatureConfigBase.Execute(ConfigActionScenario scenario, ConfigActionTiming timing, Dictionary`2 actionData, PublicConfigurationBase spcbCurrent)

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlConfigBase.SlpConfigAction.ExecuteAction(String actionId)

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp:    at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlConfigBase.SlpConfigAction.Execute(String actionId, TextWriter errorStream)

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: Exception: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception.

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: Source: Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.SqlServer_ConfigExtension.

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: Message: The system cannot find the path specified.

2010-03-19 03:07:29 Slp: Watson Bucket 1

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The above snippet refers to the error message that we encountered in the Summary.txt. If you verify InfFilePath, the setup is trying to access "100\Shared\RsFxInstall\RsFx0103.inf" but it is unable to find this path. Hence, manually verify the mentioned path on the node. If you don't find the path, please follow the below method:

 

 

ü  Clean SQL 2008 components using the command line given at the top of the Summary.txt file:

 

o   setup /q /action=uninstall /instanceid=MSSQLSERVER /features=SQLEngine,Replication,FullText

OR

o   Use Add\Remove Programs to clean the installed components.

 

ü  Do not remove 100 folder inside C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\..

 

ü  Now, run rsfx.msi file from ..\Installation folder\[x86] or [x64] or [ia64]\Setup folder. This will create the RsFxInstall folder and .ini files inside ..\100\Shared

 

ü  Then start the slipstream setup again.

 

This time the setup will succeed, if you don't encounter any other error J

 

Sumit Sarabhai 
SE, Microsoft SQL Server

 

Reviewed by

 

Mukesh Nanda
TL, Microsoft SQL Server

 

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