Discussion:
Microsoft Software License Terms failed to download
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nqetech
2007-06-24 21:27:01 UTC
Permalink
Hi,

I'm just setting up WSUS 3.0 from scratch and I've noticed that there are
some downloads that can't be approved because:

"This update cannot be approved for installation because its Microsoft
Software License Terms failed to download. Click Retry Download to start the
download again."

I've tried re-starting the download but without success. This affects quite
a few downloads, including WinXP SP2. Am I doing something wrong, or is this
normal behaviour?

If anybody can help, I'd appreciate it!
Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
2007-06-25 03:02:55 UTC
Permalink
Post by nqetech
I'm just setting up WSUS 3.0 from scratch and I've noticed that there are
"This update cannot be approved for installation because its Microsoft
Software License Terms failed to download. Click Retry Download to start the
download again."
I've tried re-starting the download but without success. This affects quite
a few downloads, including WinXP SP2. Am I doing something wrong, or is this
normal behaviour?
This is not normal behavior, but it does sometimes happen.... reasons not
quite known.

Try running 'wsusutil reset' to let the WSUS server scan the database for
content files that are supposed to exist, but do not. That will regen a BITS
download request for the missing files. Monitor the server status and when
files to download is zero, try approving the update(s) again.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E

Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx

And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
nqetech
2007-06-25 10:56:01 UTC
Permalink
Thanks, looks like that might solve the problem. It appears to fix a few at a
time.
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
Post by nqetech
I'm just setting up WSUS 3.0 from scratch and I've noticed that there are
"This update cannot be approved for installation because its Microsoft
Software License Terms failed to download. Click Retry Download to start the
download again."
I've tried re-starting the download but without success. This affects quite
a few downloads, including WinXP SP2. Am I doing something wrong, or is this
normal behaviour?
This is not normal behavior, but it does sometimes happen.... reasons not
quite known.
Try running 'wsusutil reset' to let the WSUS server scan the database for
content files that are supposed to exist, but do not. That will regen a BITS
download request for the missing files. Monitor the server status and when
files to download is zero, try approving the update(s) again.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
.....
nqetech
2007-06-25 13:58:00 UTC
Permalink
Lawrence,

Further to my previous post, I can't get any further with the following
updates:

Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2007 (KB890830)
Windows XP Service Pack 2

I've now run 'wsusutil reset' several times. Is there a means of removing
these updates completely and then re-syncing them from Microsoft?

Obviously, XP SP2 is quite an important update, so being unable to approve
it is a bit of an issue!
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
Post by nqetech
I'm just setting up WSUS 3.0 from scratch and I've noticed that there are
"This update cannot be approved for installation because its Microsoft
Software License Terms failed to download. Click Retry Download to start the
download again."
I've tried re-starting the download but without success. This affects quite
a few downloads, including WinXP SP2. Am I doing something wrong, or is this
normal behaviour?
This is not normal behavior, but it does sometimes happen.... reasons not
quite known.
Try running 'wsusutil reset' to let the WSUS server scan the database for
content files that are supposed to exist, but do not. That will regen a BITS
download request for the missing files. Monitor the server status and when
files to download is zero, try approving the update(s) again.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
.....
Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
2007-06-26 01:44:18 UTC
Permalink
Post by nqetech
Further to my previous post, I can't get any further with the following
Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2007 (KB890830)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
I've now run 'wsusutil reset' several times.
It could be the files are physically present, but corrupted, although all
files are digitally signed, and if they fail the digisig test, they're not
supposed to be 'imported' into the content store.
Post by nqetech
Is there a means of removing these updates completely and then re-syncing
them from Microsoft?
Yes. Mark the updates as Declined. Run the Server Cleanup Utility to remove
content for all declined updates. Reapprove the updates.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E

Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx

And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
nqetech
2007-06-26 07:54:00 UTC
Permalink
Sorry Lawrence,

I've tried decling the updates, running the server cleanup wizard and
re-approving them - then running wsusutil reset, all to no avail.

At least 5 WSUS required updates that are set to install by default are
showing that their files need to be downloaded before they will install and
won't download, other updates (like WinXP SP2) that have license terms won't
download their license terms.

I don't think that I have a firewall-related problem as the majority of
other updates appear to have downloaded their files successfully.

As the WSUS updates (that include the Windows Installer 3.1 and BITS
updates) are critical to the functioning of WSUS, I don't see how WSUS is
going to work.

I really am struggling with this.
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
Post by nqetech
Further to my previous post, I can't get any further with the following
Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2007 (KB890830)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
I've now run 'wsusutil reset' several times.
It could be the files are physically present, but corrupted, although all
files are digitally signed, and if they fail the digisig test, they're not
supposed to be 'imported' into the content store.
Post by nqetech
Is there a means of removing these updates completely and then re-syncing
them from Microsoft?
Yes. Mark the updates as Declined. Run the Server Cleanup Utility to remove
content for all declined updates. Reapprove the updates.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
.....
nqetech
2007-06-26 08:25:02 UTC
Permalink
Hi Lawrence,

Please shoot me!

I've discovered (by checking the event logs) that the cause of the problem
was incorrect permissions on the drive where the WSUS content folder is
located.

After adding the 'NT Authority\Network Service' account in the root with
read permissions and checking that the other folder dependencies also had
full control permissions for the same account, the downloads functioned
correctly.

Thanks for all of your help. You were at least able to point me in the right
direction.

David Hicks

Senior Systems Engineer
Newsquest (Essex) Limited
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
Post by nqetech
Further to my previous post, I can't get any further with the following
Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2007 (KB890830)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
I've now run 'wsusutil reset' several times.
It could be the files are physically present, but corrupted, although all
files are digitally signed, and if they fail the digisig test, they're not
supposed to be 'imported' into the content store.
Post by nqetech
Is there a means of removing these updates completely and then re-syncing
them from Microsoft?
Yes. Mark the updates as Declined. Run the Server Cleanup Utility to remove
content for all declined updates. Reapprove the updates.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
.....
Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
2007-06-27 01:19:56 UTC
Permalink
Post by nqetech
I've discovered (by checking the event logs) that the cause of the problem
was incorrect permissions on the drive where the WSUS content folder is
located.
Well.. *SHUCKS*... I skipped over that possible reason because you told me
that *most* files were downloading, which made me think filesystem
permissions were a non-issue.
Post by nqetech
After adding the 'NT Authority\Network Service' account in the root with
read permissions and checking that the other folder dependencies also had
full control permissions for the same account, the downloads functioned
correctly.
Yep.. this is a *known* issue. It's a 'bug' in the .NET Framework v1.1
installer, that doesn't properly set that permission.

It only manifests when the content store is on a non-system drive.
Post by nqetech
Thanks for all of your help. You were at least able to point me in the right
direction.
Well, I'm glad I helped somehow, but golly gee, I've known about that
'Network Service' account on the drive permission since the dawn of time,
and didn't think it applied in this case.

I apologize for the complications in getting you the right 'fix' in the
first place.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E

Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx

And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
Luc Van der Veken
2010-09-23 12:57:18 UTC
Permalink
I'm getting the same error on a new WSUS 3.2, 104 security and 10 critical updates I can't approve because the license terms faiuled to download.

One of the updates I can't approve is the September 2010 malicious software removal tool x64 (the x86 version came through OK).

In my case, my WSUS is downstream of another server, as full server, not as a replica.

After searching and trying everything I could imagine on the downstream server, I though it might be a good idea to take a look at the upstream one.

And there, I found a number of messages like this in the event log (I just picked the one at the top, it happens to be about another kind of file, but I suppose the license files will have the same failure reason):


Content file download failed. Reason: The requested URL does not exist on the server.
Source File: /msdownload/v7/driver/drvs/2007/12/driver_c98a5e24caeee8c5f1d1501e494ba30cd94d4046.cab Destination File: E:\WSUS\WsusContent\46\C98A5E24CAEEE8C5F1D1501E494BA30CD94D4046.cab.


That's on the upstream server, i.e. the files don't exist at the windows update website.
Post by nqetech
Hi,
I'm just setting up WSUS 3.0 from scratch and I've noticed that there are
"This update cannot be approved for installation because its Microsoft
Software License Terms failed to download. Click Retry Download to start the
download again."
I've tried re-starting the download but without success. This affects quite
a few downloads, including WinXP SP2. Am I doing something wrong, or is this
normal behaviour?
If anybody can help, I'd appreciate it!
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
This is not normal behavior, but it does sometimes happen.... reasons not
quite known.
Try running 'wsusutil reset' to let the WSUS server scan the database for
content files that are supposed to exist, but do not. That will regen a BITS
download request for the missing files. Monitor the server status and when
files to download is zero, try approving the update(s) again.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
Post by nqetech
Thanks, looks like that might solve the problem. It appears to fix a few at a
time.
Post by nqetech
Lawrence,
Further to my previous post, I can't get any further with the following
Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2007 (KB890830)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
I've now run 'wsusutil reset' several times. Is there a means of removing
these updates completely and then re-syncing them from Microsoft?
Obviously, XP SP2 is quite an important update, so being unable to approve
it is a bit of an issue!
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
It could be the files are physically present, but corrupted, although all
files are digitally signed, and if they fail the digisig test, they're not
supposed to be 'imported' into the content store.
Yes. Mark the updates as Declined. Run the Server Cleanup Utility to remove
content for all declined updates. Reapprove the updates.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
Post by nqetech
Sorry Lawrence,
I've tried decling the updates, running the server cleanup wizard and
re-approving them - then running wsusutil reset, all to no avail.
At least 5 WSUS required updates that are set to install by default are
showing that their files need to be downloaded before they will install and
won't download, other updates (like WinXP SP2) that have license terms won't
download their license terms.
I don't think that I have a firewall-related problem as the majority of
other updates appear to have downloaded their files successfully.
As the WSUS updates (that include the Windows Installer 3.1 and BITS
updates) are critical to the functioning of WSUS, I don't see how WSUS is
going to work.
I really am struggling with this.
Post by nqetech
Hi Lawrence,
Please shoot me!
I've discovered (by checking the event logs) that the cause of the problem
was incorrect permissions on the drive where the WSUS content folder is
located.
After adding the 'NT Authority\Network Service' account in the root with
read permissions and checking that the other folder dependencies also had
full control permissions for the same account, the downloads functioned
correctly.
Thanks for all of your help. You were at least able to point me in the right
direction.
David Hicks
Senior Systems Engineer
Newsquest (Essex) Limited
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
Well.. *SHUCKS*... I skipped over that possible reason because you told me
that *most* files were downloading, which made me think filesystem
permissions were a non-issue.
Yep.. this is a *known* issue. It's a 'bug' in the .NET Framework v1.1
installer, that doesn't properly set that permission.
It only manifests when the content store is on a non-system drive.
Well, I'm glad I helped somehow, but golly gee, I've known about that
'Network Service' account on the drive permission since the dawn of time,
and didn't think it applied in this case.
I apologize for the complications in getting you the right 'fix' in the
first place.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
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Harry Johnston
2010-09-27 01:40:12 UTC
Permalink
Post by Luc Van der Veken
I'm getting the same error on a new WSUS 3.2, 104 security and 10 critical
updates I can't approve because the license terms faiuled to download. [...]
Content file download failed. Reason: The requested URL does not exist on the
/msdownload/v7/driver/drvs/2007/12/driver_c98a5e24caeee8c5f1d1501e494ba30cd94d4046.cab
E:\WSUS\WsusContent\46\C98A5E24CAEEE8C5F1D1501E494BA30CD94D4046.cab.
That's on the upstream server, i.e. the files don't exist at the windows update website.
This sort of error is often due to a proxy server or hardware firewall
interfering with the download, typically because it has been programmed to block
.cab files.

Otherwise, I suggest you try the web forum, details below.

Harry.
--
PS: if it seems quiet in here, that's because Microsoft have closed this newsgroup.

You might want to consider visiting the appropriate web forum instead.

WSUS: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=161025

Windows Update: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistawu/threads
Luc Van der Veken
2010-09-23 12:57:31 UTC
Permalink
I'm getting the same error on a new WSUS 3.2, 104 security and 10 critical updates I can't approve because the license terms faiuled to download.

One of the updates I can't approve is the September 2010 malicious software removal tool x64 (the x86 version came through OK).

In my case, my WSUS is downstream of another server, as full server, not as a replica.

After searching and trying everything I could imagine on the downstream server, I though it might be a good idea to take a look at the upstream one.

And there, I found a number of messages like this in the event log (I just picked the one at the top, it happens to be about another kind of file, but I suppose the license files will have the same failure reason):


Content file download failed. Reason: The requested URL does not exist on the server.
Source File: /msdownload/v7/driver/drvs/2007/12/driver_c98a5e24caeee8c5f1d1501e494ba30cd94d4046.cab Destination File: E:\WSUS\WsusContent\46\C98A5E24CAEEE8C5F1D1501E494BA30CD94D4046.cab.


That's on the upstream server, i.e. the files don't exist at the windows update website.
Post by nqetech
Hi,
I'm just setting up WSUS 3.0 from scratch and I've noticed that there are
"This update cannot be approved for installation because its Microsoft
Software License Terms failed to download. Click Retry Download to start the
download again."
I've tried re-starting the download but without success. This affects quite
a few downloads, including WinXP SP2. Am I doing something wrong, or is this
normal behaviour?
If anybody can help, I'd appreciate it!
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
This is not normal behavior, but it does sometimes happen.... reasons not
quite known.
Try running 'wsusutil reset' to let the WSUS server scan the database for
content files that are supposed to exist, but do not. That will regen a BITS
download request for the missing files. Monitor the server status and when
files to download is zero, try approving the update(s) again.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
Post by nqetech
Thanks, looks like that might solve the problem. It appears to fix a few at a
time.
Post by nqetech
Lawrence,
Further to my previous post, I can't get any further with the following
Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2007 (KB890830)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
I've now run 'wsusutil reset' several times. Is there a means of removing
these updates completely and then re-syncing them from Microsoft?
Obviously, XP SP2 is quite an important update, so being unable to approve
it is a bit of an issue!
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
It could be the files are physically present, but corrupted, although all
files are digitally signed, and if they fail the digisig test, they're not
supposed to be 'imported' into the content store.
Yes. Mark the updates as Declined. Run the Server Cleanup Utility to remove
content for all declined updates. Reapprove the updates.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
Post by nqetech
Sorry Lawrence,
I've tried decling the updates, running the server cleanup wizard and
re-approving them - then running wsusutil reset, all to no avail.
At least 5 WSUS required updates that are set to install by default are
showing that their files need to be downloaded before they will install and
won't download, other updates (like WinXP SP2) that have license terms won't
download their license terms.
I don't think that I have a firewall-related problem as the majority of
other updates appear to have downloaded their files successfully.
As the WSUS updates (that include the Windows Installer 3.1 and BITS
updates) are critical to the functioning of WSUS, I don't see how WSUS is
going to work.
I really am struggling with this.
Post by nqetech
Hi Lawrence,
Please shoot me!
I've discovered (by checking the event logs) that the cause of the problem
was incorrect permissions on the drive where the WSUS content folder is
located.
After adding the 'NT Authority\Network Service' account in the root with
read permissions and checking that the other folder dependencies also had
full control permissions for the same account, the downloads functioned
correctly.
Thanks for all of your help. You were at least able to point me in the right
direction.
David Hicks
Senior Systems Engineer
Newsquest (Essex) Limited
Post by Lawrence Garvin (MVP)
Well.. *SHUCKS*... I skipped over that possible reason because you told me
that *most* files were downloading, which made me think filesystem
permissions were a non-issue.
Yep.. this is a *known* issue. It's a 'bug' in the .NET Framework v1.1
installer, that doesn't properly set that permission.
It only manifests when the content store is on a non-system drive.
Well, I'm glad I helped somehow, but golly gee, I've known about that
'Network Service' account on the drive permission since the dawn of time,
and didn't think it applied in this case.
I apologize for the complications in getting you the right 'fix' in the
first place.
--
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
Independent WSUS Evangelist
MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=30E00990-8F1D-4774-BD62-D095EB07B36E
Everything you need for WSUS is at
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
And, almost everything else is at
http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
....
Post by Luc Van der Veken
I'm getting the same error on a new WSUS 3.2, 104 security and 10 critical updates I can't approve because the license terms faiuled to download.
One of the updates I can't approve is the September 2010 malicious software removal tool x64 (the x86 version came through OK).
In my case, my WSUS is downstream of another server, as full server, not as a replica.
After searching and trying everything I could imagine on the downstream server, I though it might be a good idea to take a look at the upstream one.
Content file download failed. Reason: The requested URL does not exist on the server.
Source File: /msdownload/v7/driver/drvs/2007/12/driver_c98a5e24caeee8c5f1d1501e494ba30cd94d4046.cab Destination File: E:\WSUS\WsusContent\46\C98A5E24CAEEE8C5F1D1501E494BA30CD94D4046.cab.
That's on the upstream server, i.e. the files don't exist at the windows update website.
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