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"Configuration of SharePoint Products and Technologies failed" error

I kept getting this error while trying to install WSS v3/Project Server 2007 side by side on a machine running WSSv2/Project Server 2003. in this instance i was trying to install the products without upgrading WSS v2 content dbs, hence i did not run the pre-scan tool prior to installing wssv3. in this case when running the psconfig tool after finishing the isntalltion of wssv3 i kept getting an error that .PostSetupConfigurationTaskException has thrown an exception.


 to workaround it, i uninstalled wssv2, project server 2003, rebooted the machine and tried again, now it all works well.  


 


error details:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard
Event Category: None
Event ID: 100
Date:  2/10/2008
Time:  10:09:15 AM
User:  N/A
Computer: PESM101
Description:
Configuration of SharePoint Products and Technologies failed.  Configuration must be performed in order for this product to operate properly.  To diagnose the problem, review the extended error information located at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS\PSCDiagnostics_10_2_2008_10_8_59_799_1112662755.log, fix the problem, and run this configuration wizard again.


For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


 


Event Type: Error
Event Source: SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard
Event Category: None
Event ID: 104
Date:  2/10/2008
Time:  10:09:15 AM
User:  N/A
Computer: PESM101
Description:
Failed to initialize SharePoint Products and Technologies upgrade.
An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.PostSetupConfigurationTaskException was thrown.  Additional exception information: The initialize command is invalid or a failure has been encountered.
A previous attempt to upgrade SharePoint Products and Technologies has failed.  For more information about this failure, review the upgrade log on server pesm101 or review the SharePoint Timer service upgrade job status using the Central Administration Web Application.  To retry upgrade, run psconfig.exe and specify the force parameter along with the upgrade command on server pesm101.
Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.PostSetupConfigurationTaskException: Exception of type ‘Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.PostSetupConfigurationTaskException’ was thrown.
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.TaskCommon.CheckIfUpgrading(TaskBase task)
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.InitializeTask.Run()
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.TaskThread.ExecuteTask()


For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


 


cheers,


– mutaz