SharePoint December Cumulative Update Error and Resolution

Error

I ran the CU on my Development Environment and had some errors in my Logs! Central Admin was working fine, but my Web Application wasn’t.

Action 12.1.5.0 of Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPSearchDatabaseSequence failed.

And my web application in IE showed this error:

Server error: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?LinkID=96177

I found this on TeEchNet  with "This is a bug in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007". But no explanation whether SP1, Infrastructure Updates or Cumulative Updates fix it! Anyway, I realised I had SP1 on my machine and am now installing the new December Cumulative Update to see whether that fixes it ;-)

Rat holes

I went down lots of rat holes:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointgeneral/thread/3fec7688-c657-42bf-b68d-bca3df9e508e/

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointadmin/thread/e3a38087-944b-46aa-b6fa-37482144545b/

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288269.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.sharepoint.general&tid=a13d562e-0c30-4120-aeee-9d88c6f81a3d&p=1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944267

Resolution

Basically, I went into Central Administration and stopped the Windows SharePoint Services Help Search and then started it again and created a new database. Then when I ran:

stsadm -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

and then

ststadm -o upgrade -inplace -url http://localhost:81

for my web application.

I then had to do an iisreset and hit the web application url and got a 404 error. In the logs I got:

Could not get Upgrade Area Url Mapping list.  Aborting attempt to redirect 404 url.System.IO.FileNotFoundException: The system cannot find the file specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0×80070002)     at Microsoft.SharePoint.Library.SPRequestInternalClass.GetMetadataForUrl(String bstrUrl, Int32 METADATAFLAGS, Guid& pgListId, Int32& plItemId, Int32& plType, Object& pvarFileOrFolder)     at Microsoft.SharePoint.Library.SPRequest.GetMetadataForUrl(String bstrUrl, Int32 METADATAFLAGS, Guid& pgListId, Int32& plItemId, Int32& plType, Object& pvarFileOrFolder)     at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPWeb.GetMetadataForUrl(String relUrl, Int32 mondoProcHint, Guid& listId, Int32& itemId, Int32& typeOfObject, Object& fileOrFolder)     at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPWeb.GetList(String strUrl)     at Microsoft.SharePo…

Although if I went to a sub site collection it worked fine!!?!?!

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