OK, so I really only post here when I'm down to the last of my nerve trying to solve a problem, and this one definitely fits that bill.
Here's the background: I work as a contractor for a large enterprise, and this enterprise has a dedicated patch team that applies all OS level patches. We were patched recently (nothing major), and all of a sudden, one of my WFE servers is 'out of synch' on its patch level, even though no patches were removed, and all servers in the farm had the same patch applied. My farm consists of 5 SP servers (2WFE [load balanced], CA, SSRS and APP) and a standalone dedicated SQL cluster.
So, I've taken the basic steps you normally would to try and fix this. I rn PSConfig, but its in repair mode (showing that we do not need to finish an upgrade on the server). But when I try to go through with the repair, I get the error saying it cant be repaired until the KBs are installed.
Well, the KBs ARE installed, as evidenced by going to Installed Updates and viewing them. In fact, the updates listed in the CA error (health analyzer > product/patch installation or server upgrade required) are installed on both WFE machines, but only one machine is showing the 'out of synch' errors.
I have tried to manually download and install the patches (which are Dec 2013 CU and SP1 for both Server and Foundation - both of which have been installed for over a year), but when I try to run those, just to see if the patches will even take on the server, I get 'an error occurred while running detection" - So I can't even run it and see if the server thinks it needs the patch (again, even though its already installed)! At this point, I am completely stumped. I have had various issues which I beleive are related to this problem, chief among them is a stalling SPTimer service on at least 2 of my servers, which obviously causes issues across the farm (Crawl Jobs not firing, User Prof Synch not working properly).
Has anyone experienced this issue with SP? I have asked many folks in my network of SP professionals, but no one seems to have ever experienced this. Any input would be great. I can provide screenshots, software versions and such if needed.