SharePoint Upgrade/Configuration Wizard Never Finishes

Some people may have had issues where the SharePoint Configuration Wizard never seems to finish an upgrade. This is a quick & dirty post to explain how finish it, as cleanly as possible. First; terminate the process via task-manager as closing the form will try and abort the dead upgrade process, so will never actually…

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Smoother SharePoint Server Patching

Something that’s always been a challenge in SharePoint on-premises, and 2013 in particular is deploying patches across the farm. SharePoint patches, updates and service-packs typically take a literal age to install during which time whatever services that are in the farm will all have to come down eventually (in 2016 this is greatly improved). In…

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Frozen SharePoint PSConfig Upgrade with SQL Server AlwaysOn

If you have a SharePoint farm that uses SQL Server AlwaysOn and your upgrade is just never finishing, this article might be for you. Update: as someone pointed out, removing the service-application from the farm probably isn’t necessary. Just remove the DB from the AlwaysOn availability group and then the upgrade should just work. When…

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SharePoint Server Patch Mismatch Problems

If you’ve patched a SharePoint farm before you’ll know that the last stage of the process is to let PSConfig/Configuration Wizard finish the job. This will stall (by default – you can force) if it doesn’t think all the servers in the farm have the same binary versions across the board and this article is…

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Upgrading an Existing SharePoint 2013 Farm to Windows Server 2012 R2

Now that SharePoint 2013 supports Windows Server 2012 R2 via service-pack 1, you might be wondering how to upgrade your existing 2012 vanilla farm. It is possible albeit not as simple as you might think and this article shows you how, but if you want a quick explanation it’s “install SP1 across the farm; upgrade…

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SharePoint Health Report Error – The Security Token Service is Not Available

If you’ve ever spent any time with SharePoint you might’ve seen this error. It appears as a critical error in the Central Administration health status because, depending on your farm config/topology, it can be a service-killing error. This is just a quick post about how to diagnose the root-cause of the problem more effectively and…

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Patching SharePoint Farms with No Downtime

Patching SharePoint farms is a rare occurrence but one that almost certainly will happen at some point or other, if only for the need to stay on a supported platform as time goes on. When patching SharePoint it’s necessary to take the entire farm offline at one point for reasons explained here at length. In…

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Farm Patching Explained – High Availability SharePoint

SharePoint patching can be a non-trivial task and patching any SharePoint farm from one version to a newer version of the same product involves taking the entire farm offline at a certain point by necessity – this post explains when and why. Later we’ll look at how to avoid outages during patching but for now…

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PSConfig System.InvalidOperationException – Cannot start the service SPAdmin on computer

Yes, this has been covered already but this problem caused me real headaches on the last CU upgrade I did for my test farms and nothing I tried seemed to help. All the machines patched just fine but when it came to finishing the upgrade with the psconfig/SharePoint wizard operation it all collapsed on every…

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