“Upgrade Required” Status in SharePoint 2013 Central Administration Servers in Farm

Problem –

 “Upgrade Required” error message in SharePoint 2013 server farm?

Background –

After the service pack installation was completed I notice that “Upgrade Require” message was

appearing in Central admin server farm as shown in below screenshot.

I run the configuration wizard right after the installation of Service Pack but the farm status

continues to show “upgrade required”


1. Find out the error in the upgrade log.
2. To know what objects needed upgrade in the farm. I ran stsadm.exe -o localupgradestatus after running this I got the list of object and summary out of them filter the “need to upgraded” record.


    <name>Microsoft.SharePoint. Administration.SPIisWebSite</name>
    <type>Microsoft.SharePoint. Administration.SPIisWebSite</type>
    <status>Needs Upgrade</status>

[25] content database(s) encountered.
[0] content database(s) still need upgrade or cannot be upgraded.
[30] site collection(s) are contained in the content databases.
[0] site collection(s) still need upgrade.
[40] other objects encountered, [1] of them still need upgrade or cannot be upgr


I tried to ran the PSConfig.exe  

3. I tried to ran the PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures But it was getting failed every time with the following error message

An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException was thrown.

Additional exception information: Action of Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPIisWebSiteWssSequence failed.

4. I also ran the below script that loops through the web applications and pings each one confirming that web application is exists or not


$webapps = Get-SPWebApplication
foreach($web in $webapps)
ping $web.url.replace(“http:”,””).replace(“https”,””).replace(“/”,””) -n 1


5. I found that few of the web applications removed from SharePoint Central admin but it was still appearing in IIS.

I tried to delete the blank web application from SharePoint Central admin UI as show in below screenshot

but I was not able to delete it from UI and received the below error.

An object of the type Microsoft.SharePoint. Administration.SPIisWebsiteUnprovisioningJobDefinition named “Unprovisioning SharePoint – 47017” already exists under the parent Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService named “”. Rename your object or delete the existing object

I used below PowerShell script to delete the orphan Web Application object

Get-SPTimerJob | where {$_.name -like “*SharePoint – 444*”} |ft id,name
copy the Timer Job Id
$job = Get-SPTimerJob -Identity <paste the id here>


After that I deleted the web application successfully using below PS command

Remove-SPWebApplication http://sharepoint40/ -Confirm  -DeleteIISSite    -RemoveContentDatabases

After removing all the unused/orphan web application site and application pool from IIS.

I ran the below PS Script again

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

And finally, “Upgrade Require” message disappeared !


Cheers !!

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