ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3 install error 1618

This weekend I was finishing up a build of a test ConfigMgr 2012 site and ran into an issue I had never seen before. I had just finished up SQL Server 2012 SP1, started installing all the server pre-reqs and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, and started the install for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3. The install passed all pre-req checks started installing and almost immediately errored out with MSI exit code 1618.

CM2012_SP1_CU3_exitcode1618

A quick search online found little specific to ConfigMgr, so I just did a search for MSI exit code 1618 and found ‘another installation is in progress‘. I had just restarted the server, so what could still be in progress? I restarted once more, re-ran the CU3 install and got the same error message! Nothing looked awry in the task manager, but I did see one msiexec.exe process running.

I finally checked the event logs and found that the SQL installation was not finished installing?

CM2012_SP1_CU3_eventlog_SQL_install

I gave it a few minutes and found the install completed shortly after. It looks like it was some remnant SQL Server Management Studio pieces.

CM2012_SP1_CU3_eventlog_SQL_install_finished

After it finished, the CU3 install went off without issue!

Edit: After working on the server a bit more I realized that the above errors about SQL_Tools_ANS is a known issue if you are missing some post-SP1 patches for SQL Server. The fix is easy, just apply KB2793634!

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