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There is a detailed step-by-step path to follow when applying the B2TR to a B2 MOSS installation.

This particular error shows itself when you are upgrading a stand-alone beta 2 installation, and you did not delete the registry keys specified for the Search Service. Interestingly, if you follow the steps - and be sure to delete the registry keys outlined in a stand-alone B2 installation - upgrade, the error does not surface.

Googling the error does not return any real support - and MSFT has shared only that this error can show up when a B2TR upgrade did not complete.


I have performed dozens of B2TR upgrades, and I can reproduce this error consistently when I fail to delete the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\WSS\Services\Microsoft.SharePoint.Search.Administration.SPSearchService, and the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\WSS\Services\Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchService



As you weed through the error entries that come before this specific error - it looks like the service account used to execute the MOSS services actually fails to launch the site. Then there is a parse failure error - followed by this error.


What is not clear is how this is related specifically to the registry key that should be deleted BEFORE the psconfig executes for the TR upgrade. It would appear that failing to delete the key - on a stand-alone installation - causes a failure during step 8 of 9 of the upgrade - even though no failure is logged in the event logs or in the Upgrade.log file. Each time I have seen this error I have noticed a slew of timer job entries at the end of the Upgrade.Log file - and then a final entry stating that the job returned a code of 0 - and then no other entries.


Take care of perform your upgrade - step-by-step following the instructions on TechNet.

Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2006 2:25 PM Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) | Back to top

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