SQL SERVER – UpdateHADRResource – Failed to version-copy file – Exception data is: System.IO.IOException

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SQL SERVER - UpdateHADRResource - Failed to version-copy file - Exception data is: System.IO.IOException processtogether While applying patches on SQL server standalone instance, in the cluster, it failed with error as below in Summary.txt file. Let us learn about how to fix Exception data is: System.IO.IOException.

Overall summary:
Final result: The patch installer has failed to update the following instance: RTCLOCAL. To determine the reason for failure, review the log files.
Exit code (Decimal): -2058616824
Start time: 2017-01-02 03:23:07
End time: 2017-01-02 03:39:34
Requested action: Patch

When I looked into Detail.txt and searched for error, here was the place of failure.

‘C:\Windows\system32\hadrres.dll’. Exception data is: System.IO.IOException: The process cannot access the file ‘C:\Windows\system32\hadrres.dll’ because it is being used by another process.
at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
at System.IO.File.InternalCopy(String sourceFileName, String destFileName, Boolean overwrite)
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.Cluster.UpdateClusterResourceAction.VersionCopy(String source, String target).

Final Parameter Values

(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 0 : SQL Server 2012@RTM@KB3072779
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 1 : 0xE349FEF6
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 2 : 0x60797DC7
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 3 : 0xE02C15DF@1356@8
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 4 : 0x24C2C4E7
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 5 : HADRResourceDLLConfigpatch_HADRResourceDLLWorkflow
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 6 : 0x871FC66E
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 7 : 0x27FE6E93
(01) 2017-01-02 03:35:41 Slp: Parameter 8 : 0x27FE6E93

If I understand the message correctly, SQL setup is trying to copy file “hadrres.dll” from “c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Binn\” to “C:\Windows\system32”. Due to some reason, we are getting error “The process cannot access the file ‘C:\Windows\system32\hadrres.dll’ because it is being used by another process

Since the patch was incompletely installed, I found that SQL was not starting.

WORKAROUND/SOLUTION

I had no idea as to why copy is not working so I asked to rename files in C:\Windows\system32 folder and stop any monitoring software related services. After renaming, we could apply the patch and found new file copied via setup. We verified and found that version of the file was higher after installation was complete.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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