Patching virtual, cloned SQL-Servers

Well, since the existence of the cloned sheep Dolly we all knew, that cloning isn’t just a piece of cake! Well, here is another one:

Today I tried to update one of my development-servers to SP2 of SQL-Server 2005. Everything went just fine … really everything? Nope, the database-engine, the olap-engine and the reporting-services-engine just would not update. All I got was a snappy error Error 29528. The setup has encountered an unexpected error while Setting Internal Properties. The error is: Fatal error during installation..

OK, some time later I figured: it had something to do with me cloning my vmware-machines to save some time. Well, now I came kicking back at me!! But surprisingly Microsoft holds the answer in Knowledge Base article 925976.

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