Monday, May 11, 2009

“Feature '20477d83-8bdb-414e-964b-080637f7d99b' is not installed in this farm, and cannot be added to this scope” when installing SP2

Yesterday evening, when installing Service Pack 2 to my test SharePoint farm, the configuration wizard failed on Step 3. After dissecting the Upgrade.log file located at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\Logs\Upgrade.log, I found the following error:

[WebApplicationSequence] [ERROR] [5/10/2009 6:51:13 PM]: Feature '20477d83-8bdb-414e-964b-080637f7d99b' is not installed in this farm, and cannot be added to this scope.

After further research, I discovered the feature referred to in the error (20477d83-8bdb-414e-964b-080637f7d99b) is the “PublishingTimerJobs” feature. To install this feature to the farm, run the following stsadm command:

stsadm -o installfeature -name PublishingTimerJobs

Next, I recommend forcing the timer job to execute immediately.

stsadm.exe -o execadmsvcjobs

Finally, run the configuration wizard again to successfully complete the installation of SP2 to the SharePoint farm:

psconfig -cmd upgrade -wait -inplace b2b

Hope this helps.


  1. Thanks, this worked a treat for me

  2. Thanks a lot. It has also worked for me.

  3. Also big thanks, I lost a few days of work on this!

  4. Awesome - saved me a lot of time.

    BTW, I also had to do this after the above command:

    psconfig -cmd installfeatures

    because a search feature wasn't installed. This was after a fresh install, installing all service packs and latest cumulative update.

  5. Worked for me. I received the error in test when installing June'09 CU.

  6. This feature will also be installed when running PSconfig wizard instead of psconfig -cmd upgrade -wait -inplace b2b.
    The wizards checks if there are any standard feature's missing and install those automatically besides other sharepoint checks

  7. It was perfect and worked for me.
    Only this hint solved our problem.
    thanks a lot

  8. Frickin Microsoft! Leave it to them to make out of the box RTM products have issues with a service pack

  9. Very helpful article ! I was always curious about all these complex algorithms that are being used in these ssl encryptions.