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KB934525: The Aftermath

Posted on: November 21, 2007

As many have had, I applied KB934525 to my company’s MOSS environment.
We had two web front ends, and one clustered database serving everything.
Obviously, we had an error completing the configuration wizard after the upgrade binaries were installed.
It is solved by the famous command line mentioned in Bill Baer‘s blog:

psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b –force

This command solved our upgrade error on both web front ends.

BUT!!!
A few days afterwards, we noticed something funny was happening inside our very MOSS system.
The usage analysis job WAS NOT RUNNING ON the main web front end!!
AND… Our Windows Sharepoint Web Services (a required service that should run on a FARM) was not running on the main web front end (it said Upgrading), AND that service is in the state of Stopping on the other web front end.
Whoaaa .. how could this be??

Panic was in the air, and after a deep dive into the realm of modern contemplation,
this line of command was executed:

stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype SPWebService

to actually force the service to start on the main web front end. We also force stop the service on the other front end.
It brought back the services to its desired state. (Running on my main one, and Stopped on the other web front end).

It screwed the home directory of my MOSS web site inside IIS(as it defaulted back to C:\Inetpub\blablabla), but then everything was back to normal once I supplied my original MOSS web site path.

After all the chaos, my usage analysis job was back to normal again.

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