Sharepoint 2013 Updates Error

Dave Nordin 1 Reputation point


While trying to run Sharepoint 2013 Updates using the powershell script:

Apply server upgrades

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures

Got errors for the first time in years on updated Windows Server (On Prem) 2012 R2:

10/07/2021 07:15:07 1 ERR Failed to upgrade SharePoint Products.
An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.PostSetupConfigurationTaskException was thrown. Additional exception information: The upgrade command is invalid or a failure has been encountered.

Follow this link for more information about how to troubleshoot upgrade failures:

Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.PostSetupConfigurationTaskException: Exception of type 'Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.PostSetupConfigurationTaskException' was thrown.
at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.UpgradeTask.Run()
at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.TaskThread.ExecuteTask()

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  1. Allen Xu_MSFT 13,806 Reputation points

    Hi @Dave Nordin ,

    Please have a try to the below solution to this issue(Note: run all PowerShell (PS) commands as an administrator in an elevated PowerShell window – need 2 pre-opened windows):

    • Turn off all the following services (you can do this in your first PowerShell window). net stop SPTraceV4; net stop SPWriterV4; net stop SPAdminV4; net stop SPTimerV4; net stop w3svc
    • Manually stop both search services (in the services GUI on the SP server). Then run the following command in your second PowerShell window. stsadm -o setproperty -pn command-line-upgrade-running -pv No
    • Flush the Config Cache follow this blog post and run the following PowerShell in your second PowerShell window. PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures
    • As soon as it reaches the step where the error appeared before in the upgrade process, in the first elevated PS window, run the following PS. net start SPTraceV4; net start SPWriterV4; net start SPAdminV4; net start SPTimerV4; net start w3svc
    • Quickly and manually start the two search services (in the Services GUI on the SP Server). The upgrade process should complete successfully after this.

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