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"Metadata only" updates cannot be expired or revised in WSUS 3.0 SP2

SYMPTOMS
You encounter one or more of the following issues on a computer that is running Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2):
  • Updates that are marked as "metadata only" are not replicated to the WSUS servers' hierarchy.
  • Updates that are marked as "metadata only" cannot be revised. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

    System.ArgumentNullException was caught
    Message=Value cannot be null.
    Parameter name: path2
    Source=mscorlib
    ParamName=path2
    StackTrace:
    at System.IO.Path.Combine(String path1, String path2)
    at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.BaseApi.Publisher.LoadServerSpecificProperties()
    at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.BaseApi.Publisher.RevisePackage()
    at Scup.Wizards.UpdateServicesPublisher.PublishNoContent(UpdatePackageForPublish publishItem)
  • Updates that are marked as "metadata only" cannot be expired. Additionally, the following error message is logged:

    Publish: : --- Calling update server API for *Expiring* update 'a767cd8c-792e-421b-8a6c-8ae56e52f1fb' Updates Publisher
    Publish: : Exception occured during publishing: Value cannot be null. Updates Publisher
    Parameter name: path2 Updates Publisher
    Note In this error message, the word "occured" is a misspelling for the word "occurred."
CAUSE
This issue occurs because WSUS criteria for processing "metadata only" updates do not match the standard that is implemented for regular updates.
RESOLUTION

Update information

How to obtain this update

The following files are available for download from the MicrosoftDownload Center website:
Processor architectureUpdate
x86-based versions of WSUS 3.0 SP2DownloadDownload the update package now.
x64-based versions of WSUS 3.0 SP2DownloadDownload the update package now.
For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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File information

The English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
For all supported x86-based versions of WSUS 3.0 SP2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft.updateservices.baseapi.dll3.1.7600.236546,72824-Mar-201117:36x86
Mwus_database_schema.sqlNot applicable762,92322-Mar-201118:15Not applicable
Popdb.sqlNot applicable92,11922-Mar-201118:15Not applicable
Wsuscertserver.exe7.4.7600.23666,98424-Mar-201117:30x86
Wsussigndb.cerNot applicable68916-Mar-201113:58Not applicable
Wsussigndb.dllNot applicable8,10424-Mar-201117:30x86
Wsussigndb.sqlNot applicable269,33916-Mar-201113:58Not applicable
For all supported x64-based versions of WSUS 3.0 SP2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft.updateservices.baseapi.dll3.1.7600.236546,72824-Mar-201117:36x86
Mwus_database_schema.sqlNot applicable762,92323-Mar-201109:53Not applicable
Popdb.sqlNot applicable92,11923-Mar-201109:53Not applicable
Wsuscertserver.exe7.4.7600.23677,22424-Mar-201117:31x64
Wsussigndb.cerNot applicable68916-Mar-201113:58Not applicable
Wsussigndb.dllNot applicable8,10424-Mar-201117:31x86
Wsussigndb.sqlNot applicable269,33916-Mar-201113:58Not applicable
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
MORE INFORMATION
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Windows 3Server Update Services (WSUS ) 3 SP2, Systems Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) 4.5, Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007, Local Publishing
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Article ID: 2530709 - Last Review: 05/18/2011 04:09:00 - Revision: 2.0

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2

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