Thursday, October 18, 2007

[MOSS/WSSv3] Solving issues after installing a patch

Last week I installed ForeFront for SharePoint on our SharePoint 2007 servers. Unfortunatelly the version on the CD did not contain SP1, causing some issues which were solved in SP1. So I decided to upgrade to SP1. The ForeFront Security for SharePoint blog had a post which describes how to install ForeFront Security for SharePoint SP1.

Step 1 of this description was installing the SharePoint hotfix package KB936867. After installing this patch, you are required to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard, so I did......and here is where the problems all started.

At step 7 of the Config Wizard, the wizard went into an infinite loop. A reboot was the only solution.

After the reboot, running the Config Wizard again resulted in a nice error message "The Configuration Wizard is already running on another server". I kinda was stuck. Fortunately Microsoft knew the answer to my problems. They recommended me to run the following command:

psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b –wait –force

Afterwards I also installed the public updates, released on October 9th:
Public Update October 9th - WSS3.0
Public Update October 9th - MOSS2007
Everything seemed fine.......

After a few days I noticed that on my second webserver the Status of the "Windows SharePoint Services Web Application" role was stuck on "Upgrading".On the Microsoft Forum I found the following post:
Need Help after applying Hotfix May 8 - MSDN Forums

Unfortunately the answer wasn't posted there yet, but my reply on the post got a real quick answer saying I needed to run the following command:
stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype SPWebService

This solved the issue and everything was back up and running!!