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This is a very bizarre issue. Let me tell you our environment. SharePoint 2013 Enterprise, three server farm. Database, App, and WFE. A migration from 2010 happened about 6 months ago.

In order to Start/Stop Services Provision/Unprovision services or Deploy/Retract solutions. We have to follow these steps.

  1. Use Central Admin to either start/stop/deploy/retract.
  2. Stop the SPAdminv4 service
  3. Run stsadm -o execadmsvcjobs
  4. Start the SPAdminv4 service

If we don't do this, Central admin and Powershell will be stuck on starting/stopping/deploying/retracting. We have confirmed that other TimerJobs will complete. We have tested starting/stopping etc with using powershell, and we had the same issue.

What could be causing this? It's weird that we must run some deprecated powershell command to complete a simple task.

EDIT: ran Get-SPProduct -Local The Output for both servers was

ProductName                    Required   Missing              Servers             
-----------                    --------   -------              -------             
Microsoft SharePoint Server... True                            {}   
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I've had this problem before. You probably need to run the PowerShell command

Get-SPProduct -Local

Also I would try to run the PSConfig on all servers.

More here: http://thesharepointfarm.com/2013/12/the-magic-of-get-spproduct-local/

  • Even after reading that a few times, I'm not sure what a Get Command is doing that could remedy this problem, I have edited my answer to include the output. Thank you for showing me Get-SPProduct – christopher clark Jan 27 '16 at 20:13
  • Can you run a psconfig? Running this command allows your SharePoint to detect required software that would otherwise be blocking the sync in the farm. – Mike Jan 27 '16 at 20:18
  • You are very close to an accepted answer. We ran the powershell command and psconfig wizard on both servers. I decided to start/stop with central admin on the WFE the Excel Calculation Services. And it worked! However on the APP server I was able to STOP excel Calculation services, but now it's stuck on starting. – christopher clark Jan 27 '16 at 21:04
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    Check the timer jobs and delete the one-time jobs, and restart the sptimer service, before you try to deploy again. You may need to reset the sp config cache, read here: blogs.msdn.com/b/jamesway/archive/2011/05/23/… – Mike Jan 28 '16 at 18:23
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    SPTimerv4 is a crucial service that syncs the server with the rest of the farm's servers. It should always be running on every SharePoint server. If One-Time jobs are in the definitions, they aren't running correctly. One-time timer jobs are created by SharePoint and the definitions are deleted after they run successfully. – Mike Jan 28 '16 at 18:43

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