Today I ran the SharePoint 2013 April 2014 CU. The extraction and installation was successful.

Upon running the SharePoint Configuration Wizard after the restart, PSCONFIG failed immediately on step 3 with the following error:

  • This upgrade session has been stopped. Possible causes include the process being terminated abruptly or the OS has rebooted. Please restart the upgrade again.

Trying to rack my brain, i remembered i changed the farm admin account password a few weeks ago. Could this be a permission error?

I fired up the SharePoint Management Shell and ran the following command:

  • stsadm -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin <domainname> -password <password>

I was presented with this error:

  • Error deploying administration application pool credentials. Another deployment may be active. An object of the type Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPAdminAppPoolCredentialDeploymentJobDefinition named “job-admin-apppool-change” already exists under the parent Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPTimerService named “SPTimerV4”. Rename your object or delete the existing object.

To fix this we need to delete this job. Here is the command I used:

  • $app = Get-SPTimerJob -Identity “job-admin-apppool-change”


After this I ran the above command to update the farm account password and it worked. The command completed successfully.

I now went and ran “PSCONFIG.EXE -cmd Upgrade -inplace b2b -wait”  again and the April 2014 CU for SharePoint Server updated within a matter of minutes.

Now if I go and check the version SharePoint Server 2013 is now on : 15.0.4605.1000

Hope it helps!

By edward