Directory Name Is Invalid

Erin Stellato troubleshoots a cumulative update installation problem:

SQL Server Setup failure: The directory name is invalid.

The initial email didn’t have a lot of details, so I started asking questions to understand what version was being installed, the environment configuration, etc.  Turns out this was a two-node Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) with multiple SQL Server 2012 instances installed, and one of the instances was still running on the node this person was trying to patch.  To be clear, the two nodes were SRV1 and SRV2, and the instances were PROD-A and PROD-B running on SRV1, and PROD-C which was running on SRV2.  This person was trying to install the cumulative update on SRV2.

The behavior Erin describes is a little bit crazy, but at least there’s a good explanation and way to solve the issue.

Related Posts

Change Tracking in SQL Server

Tim Weigel covers the basics of change tracking in SQL Server: There aren’t a lot of parameters here. You can set change tracking on or off, you can specify your retention period, and you can specify whether to enable auto-cleanup or not. For the retention period, you have the choice of DAYS, HOURS, or MINUTES. […]

Read More

Maintaining SSISDB

John McCormack was in a jam: I made 2 unsuccessful attempts at running the SSIS Server Maintenance Job. However, after several hours of processing and still no available free space in the database, I knew the job wasn’t coping with the sheer number of rows it had to delete. The deletes all happen from the parent table […]

Read More

Categories

February 2016
MTWTFSS
« Jan Mar »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
29