I have got the following error in SharePoint 2010 Central Admin:

The following databases require upgrade because their versions are older than the backwards compatible range: WSS_Search_SERVERNAME.

I tried to upgrade as it was sugested using:

Upgrade-SPContentDatabase [guid]

but I got the error

Database could not be found.

I also tried:

Get-SPContentDatabase | ?{$_.NeedsUpgrade -eq $true} | Upgrade-SPContentDatabase

which returned nothing. Then I ran:

psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -wait

and got the following exception:

Unhandled Exception: System.ArgumentException: The neverStarted argument is invalid.
at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.TaskBase.OnTaskStop(TaskResult result, String message, String extendedMessage)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.UpgradeBootstrapTask.OnTaskSto p(TaskResult result, String message, String extendedMessage)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.TaskThread.ExecuteTask()
at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.runTryCode(Object userData)
at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.RuntimeHelpers.ExecuteCodeWithGuaranteedCl eanup(TryCode code, CleanupCode backoutCode, Object userData)
at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, C ontextCallback callback, Object state)
at System.Threading.ThreadHelper.ThreadStart()

I cleared the config cache and re-ran it, but again the same exception.

Could you please help? What am I missing?

1 Answer 1


The search database is not a content database. You need to upgrade using the SharePoint 2010 Farm Configuration Wizard. I would run that and see where it gets you and then you can find any errors in the upgrade logs.

Here is a link to help. http://www.justanothertechnologyguy.com/2011/11/databases-require-upgrade-or-not.html


•Open a command box in ‘run as administrator’ mode.

•Navigate to the bin directory of the SharePoint root. C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN

•Run the following command: PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures

  • 1
    How long will be the downtime?
    – yordani
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 6:39
  • 1
    Could be anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on your server farm size and the size of your database..
    – Mike
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 20:45

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