Service Pack 2 Error

Posted on 2007-07-31
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Attempting to install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 on SBS server.

During installation update stops with message "Copy of catalog files failed".

Update history shows the following error:
Question by:mdwhiteside
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    by:Stephen Manderson
    Take a look here this should help resolve your problem.


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    I have tried the first 3 methods, but no luck.  Method 4 calls for a server restart, so I will have to until after business hours because I cannot interrupt work activity.

    I will let you know results tomorrow.
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    by:Stephen Manderson
    Ok keep me posted i'll try recreate the issue on my test server

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    After hours continued through remaining methods with no luck.

    I then did further research and went to the following link:

    From this link, I found another link - listed below: (

    This link took me to the Official SBS Blog where the specific problem that I experienced was listed.  I followed the instructions listed below, which solved the issue.

    To resolve this issue and allow SP2 to install, either use the manual steps below, or, alternatively, use the batch file below:


    Make a full backup of your system.
    Click on Start, click on Administrative Tools, Click on Services.  Right-click on Cryptographic Services and choose "Stop".
    Open Explorer and browse to C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}
    Create a temporary folder called "backup" under CatRoot
    Move all KB*.cat, Q*.* and TMP*.cat files to C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot\backup.   DO NOT DELETE THEM!
    If you moved KB912354.CAT, copy it back to C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE} folder.  (This step is very important to prevent a potential error with SBS licensing).
    Rename the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CATROOT2\ folder to CATROOT2.old. Create a blank folder named CATROOT2.  
    NOTE: Make sure you rename CATROOT2 not CATROOT (without the 2).
    Again, make sure rename this folder, do not delete it.
    Start Cryptographic Services from Services
    Start the install of SP2.
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    by:Stephen Manderson
    Happy to hear you got it sorted :-)

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