I am trying since multiple days installing SharePoint 2013 Foundation farm (no standalone development environment), but the Configuration Wizard stucks doggedly at step 9 of 10. Now I am at the end of my wisdom and my nerves.

Please help me with a solution for this issue. Thank you very much in advance.

My environment is as follows:

  • Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise with IIS version 7.0 (is this IIS version correct?)
  • SQL Server Express 2008 R2 ADV (ADV = Advanced Services)
  • SharePoint 2013 Foundation with Service Pack 1 and really all possible updates
  • My virus protector is off
  • My firewall is off

The Error (in German)

Wizard error message at step 9 of 10

in brief:

Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: Action of Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPIisWebSiteWssSequence failed

The log file says:

Task upgrade has failed with an unknown exception Exception: Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: Action of Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPIisWebSiteWssSequence failed. ---> System.NullReferenceException: Der Objektverweis wurde nicht auf eine Objektinstanz festgelegt. bei Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPAspSiteMapFile.MergeAspSiteMapFiles(XmlDocument xmldocSiteMap, String strSrcFilePath, String strMergeFilePattern)
bei Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPAspSiteMapFile.Copy(String strSrcDir, String strSrcDirPrevious, String strSrcLeaf, String strDestDir, Boolean bMergeMaps, Boolean bBackupExistingFile) bei Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebApplication.CopyAppDomainDirectories(DirectoryInfo vrPath, OverwriteSetting overwrite) bei Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPActionSequence.Upgrade() --- Ende der internen Ausnahmestapelüberwachung ---

I tried:

  • Deleting cache files and editing cache.ini
  • Starting configuration wizard from command line:
  • stsadm -o execadmsvcjobs
  • PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force
  • Removing SharePoint and SQL Server and re-install them again

and much more from a hundred of Google findings

BUT NOTHING WORKS! Please help me with a solution for this issue. Thank you very much in advance.

  • This link may help you. : xpertkb.com/… Commented Oct 23, 2016 at 12:52
  • There are numerous way to start the troubleshooting, and to try the possible fixes. Did you give a shot for Get-SPProduct -local as well before running the Configuration Wizard? You could also start the possibly non-running timer jobs by Start-SPAdminJob -Verbose.
    – moe
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 7:41
  • I tried the two PS commands and finally it dit not solve the problem, but I could see in the Task Manager that the services SPTimerV4 and as well SPAdminV4 are ended. I tried starting them manually but after some seconds they became ended again! Regarding the link: I am not able to start the Central Administration and therefore I can not follow the instructions. Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 17:06
  • Finally I reformatted my harddisk and reinstalled Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL-Server 2008 and SharePoint 2013. Now it works. Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 22:10

1 Answer 1


I was dealing with the same issue, turns out I was missing the web.config file in the virtual directory, which seemed unlikely but sure enough there was no web.config file there, I had to copy it from my other WFE and then we were good to go

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