Some random issues with Beta 2 Technical Refresh of MOSS 2007

Its been quite some time since the B2TR builds for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 were released. The builds have been released as patches and the general upgrade experience has been something that has helped us learn a lot about upgrades and patching scenarios. Amongst all the scenarios that we have seen there have been some that have been dominant in nature and affected a large number of users while there were some that are the on-off types and occurring in an essentially random manner. In this post I would be talking about some that have been very erratic and have had a significant impact:


ISSUE: Beta2 to Beta2 TR upgrade fails with a MSI error.
ERROR: The installation of this package failed. Please see for more information." with the error code 1603
EVIDENCE: Navigate to the %temp% directory, the Windows Installer logs would show a error as follows:
Product: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 -- Error 1406. Setup cannot write the value QMEnable to the registry key \Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\WSS\Diagnostics. Verify that you have sufficient permissions to access the registry or contact Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) for assistance. For information about how to contact PSS, seePSS10R.CHM.



- Open the Registry Editor [Start->Run->regedit].

- Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\WSS\Diagnostics

- Right Click, select New ->DWORD Value. Change the name to 'QMEnable' without the quotes.

- Change the value to 0



This error is misleading to say the least. The error reported in the log files is about permissions, however, the patch installer searches the registry for the key QMEnable and does not seem to find it. However, it will also find that the component requiring this registry key is installed and hence will try to repair the installation. But in order to do so, it will try to use the value for this key from the registry which in the first place was not there. And hence the failure.








ISSUE: Errors in the application event log.


ProblemDescription:    Event Type:    Error

Event Source:        DCOM

Event Category:        None

Event ID:        10016

Date:     <somedate>

Time:        <sometime>

User:        <domain\username>

Computer:        <computername>


The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID


to the user <domain\username> SID (X-X-X-XX-XXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXX). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at



  • Navigate to Start->Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Component Services

  • Under Console Root, navigate to Component Services->Computers->My Computer->DCOM Config.

  • Right click IIS WAMREG Admin service and select properties

  • In the Property pane, switch to the Security tab.

  • Click Edit on the Launch and Activation Permissions section and you should see that only administrators and service have rights here. Add your service account in here as well to match the admin rights and those errors should go away.








ISSUE: Enabling BDC with SSO authentication, throws the following error.


Exception thrown while performing the BDC query in Entity Picker Microsoft.Office.Server.ApplicationRegistry.MetadataModel.InvalidMetadataPropertyException: The Type name for the single sign-on provider is not valid. ---> System.TypeLoadException: Could not load type 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.SingleSignOn.SpsSsoProvider' from assembly 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.SingleSignOn, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c'.     at System.RuntimeTypeHandle._GetTypeByName(String name, Boolean throwOnError, Boolean ignoreCase, Boolean reflectionOnly, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean loadTypeFromPartialName)     at System.RuntimeTypeHandle.GetTypeByName(String name, Boolean throwOnError, Boolean ignoreCase, Boolean reflectionOnly, StackCrawlMark& stackMark)     at Sys...



The xml tags in the BDC xml file are case sensitive and there was a recent update to the assembly type names. So you would need to replace the tag

<Property Name ="SsoProviderImplementation" Type="System.String">Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.SingleSignOn.SpsSsoProvider, Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.SingleSignOn, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c</Property>

To read as:

<Property Name ="SsoProviderImplementation" Type="System.String">Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.SingleSignon.SpsSsoProvider, Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.SingleSignon, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c</Property>




Blogged with Microsoft® Office® Word 2007 Beta2 TR