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An update failed with error 80004005:Unspecified error
Technical Articles ID:  KB73224
Last Modified:  10/24/2011


McAfee GroupShield for Exchange 7.0.2
McAfee GroupShield for Exchange 7.0.1
Microsoft Exchange 2010
Microsoft Exchange 2007
Microsoft Exchange 2003



You see the following entry in the GroupShield Product log:

An update failed with error 80004005:Unspecified error

If this occurs, you see the following entry in the Windows Application Event log:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: GroupShield for Exchange
Event ID: 2053
User:  N/A
Computer: <Exchange Server Name>
Description: An update failed with error 80004005:Unspecified error


A GroupShield update task is configured to run at the same time as another update task run by an ePO Agent or VirusScan Enterprise.

The default for a GroupShield update task is to run every eight hours on the hour. Therefore, if any other task is initialized and tries to run at same time, GroupShield task might not be able to complete.

As an example, the following extract is from a McAfee Agent Log file when a GroupShield Task is scheduled at the same time (12:00) as an ePO Agent task:

2011-10-19 12:00:05 i #2728 Sched Scheduler: Invoking task [Guided Configuration Created Update Task]..
2011-10-19 12:00:05 I #6688 Sched >>--RunTask
2011-10-19 12:00:05 I #6688 Manage Running task SoftwareID:EPOAGENT3000, TaskID:1

2011-10-19 12:00:07 i #2728 Sched Scheduler: Invoking task [Update]...
2011-10-19 12:00:07 I #5352 Sched >>--RunTask
2011-10-19 12:00:07 I #5352 Manage Running task SoftwareID:GROUPSHD7000, TaskID:{D36003DB-6B87-498A-A705-AD8334AE7A5F}

2011-10-19 12:00:14 E #2740 updater  [set updater options,GROUPSHD7000,0,0,SelectiveUpdateOptions,SelectiveClientUpdateList,VSCANDAT1000;VSCANENG1000;EXTRADAT1000;MASECORE2000]->
2011-10-19 12:00:14 E #2740 updater   An update session is already running

2011-10-19 12:00:20 I #5216 Sched The task Guided Configuration Created Update Task is still running

2011-10-19 12:00:20 i #5216 Sched Scheduler: Task [Update] is finished
2011-10-19 12:00:20 I #5216 Sched >>--ReleaseTask  

where the text in bold means:

Log message Log message explanation
#2728 Sched Scheduler: Invoking task [Guided Configuration Created Update Task].. This line shows the ePO-configured Update task
#2728 Sched Scheduler: Invoking task [Update]... This line shows the local GroupShield Update task
#2740 updater   An update session is already running This line shows the invoked GroupShield task detecting another update task is running
#5216 Sched The task Guided Configuration Created Update Task is still running This line shows the ePO-configured task is still running
#5216 Sched Scheduler: Task [Update] is finished The GroupShield Update task can no longer continue and is stopped


The error can safely be ignored because any update task (initiated by GroupShield, VSE, or the ePO Agent) will update the other products that are installed to the computer. In this scenario, the update works as a common updater that updates all products.

NOTE: if you are experiencing DAT Retention issues because of this behavior, only the GroupShield task will invoke the PurgeOldDefinitions tool to delete old DATs. Because of this, McAfee recommends that you run at least one regular GroupShield update task on a regular basis. For more information on DAT retention, see KB70445.

You can also change the default update task in GroupShield so that it runs at a specific time when no other task will run (ensure that no other update task for VirusScan Enterprise or the ePO Agent runs at same time as GroupShield update task).

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