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Diseased Pending.xml Files - Affecting a Large Amount of Our Server 2008 R2 Servers

    Question

  • For whatever reason, the pending.xml files get hung over and over again during update deployments.  The pending.xml file doesn't clear itself after a restart.  Updates fail to install.  This is affecting a large number of our servers - 2008 R2.  They also happen to be VMs. 

    Of course we end up having to delete the pending.xml file manually, restarting the servers, and installing the failed updates.

    I appreciate any help anyone can provide, or if others care to share similar experiences they've had with this, that would be awesome. 

    Regards,
    Justin
    Monday, January 21, 2013 12:08 PM

Answers

  • Very nice....I have another theory because this is an uncommon problem.  I believe that something is corrupt within the VMware template that we use for Server 2008 R2 and who knows how many times we've used this template/image to build servers.  This article looks great though.  We actually built a new VM template today and I'll keep an eye on the servers we deploy/build from it.  What to do about the fact that we currently have so many other servers with the pending.xml file problem, I'm not sure.  Thanks for the help.
    • Proposed as answer by John Marcum [MVP]MVP Monday, January 21, 2013 2:30 PM
    • Marked as answer by Yog Li Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:49 AM
    Monday, January 21, 2013 2:10 PM

All replies

  • Have you seen this KB,it might help you?

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2509997


    http://www.enhansoft.com/

    Monday, January 21, 2013 1:05 PM
  • I don't really think this is a configmgr issue. All we are doing is providing the updates to the clients, it's still the windows updates engine that's performing the installs.


    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    Monday, January 21, 2013 1:07 PM
  • Very nice....I have another theory because this is an uncommon problem.  I believe that something is corrupt within the VMware template that we use for Server 2008 R2 and who knows how many times we've used this template/image to build servers.  This article looks great though.  We actually built a new VM template today and I'll keep an eye on the servers we deploy/build from it.  What to do about the fact that we currently have so many other servers with the pending.xml file problem, I'm not sure.  Thanks for the help.
    • Proposed as answer by John Marcum [MVP]MVP Monday, January 21, 2013 2:30 PM
    • Marked as answer by Yog Li Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:49 AM
    Monday, January 21, 2013 2:10 PM
  • You're right, John.
    Monday, January 21, 2013 2:10 PM
  • Very nice....I have another theory because this is an uncommon problem.  I believe that something is corrupt within the VMware template that we use for Server 2008 R2 and who knows how many times we've used this template/image to build servers.  This article looks great though.  We actually built a new VM template today and I'll keep an eye on the servers we deploy/build from it.  What to do about the fact that we currently have so many other servers with the pending.xml file problem, I'm not sure.  Thanks for the help.

    I'd call CSS.

    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    Monday, January 21, 2013 2:30 PM