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I recently had an issue while trying to configure the authentication provider for a SharePoint 2007 site.  Regardless of the authentication provider that I selected, clicking the save button would result in the following error:

An object of the type Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebApplicationProvisioningJobDefinition named "Provisioning 1aa06c49-f543-41c2-b3f6-ce7884a9b71d" already exists under the parent Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService named "".  Rename your object or delete the existing object.

After coming up short on answers from multiple Google searches, I dug into the Timer job Status page under the Operations tab of Central Administration and noticed that for every attempt I made to configure authentication for a site that there were two jobs being created.  One job would pass while the other would fail.  Previously unknown by me, the SharePoint site had been configured in a Server Farm configuration, so the two jobs that I saw coincided with the two servers in the farm (the job had to be provisioned to each server in the farm).  After a quick investigation, it was determined that the two servers were running different versions because a hot fix had been applied to one, but not the other.

In my situation, this was a new SharePoint install and, not being familiar with configuring SharePoint in a server farm, I was able to temporarily remove the second server from the farm and move forward without any errors.  The real test, however, would be to apply the patch to the second server and go through the process again.

There were other constraints, beyond the scope of this post, that made temporarily removing the second server more ideal than simply applying the patch to see where it got me.  I will update this blog when I have added the second server back into the equation. Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 8:04 AM | Back to top


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i have the same issue; have you tried adding the second server yet?
Left by Ali Sedehi on Oct 11, 2007 6:48 PM

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I've been meening to update this blog. Yes. I have added the server back into the farm and the problem reoccurred. Essentially, I was able to get everything to work, but it involved applying the change on an individual server basis while not configured in a server farm.

I have a ticket in with Microsoft to help resolve this issue. It's looking to me like it's a bug, but I'll fill you in as soon as I have more information. Until then, hopefully the information I have given you is enough to get you started.
Left by Sean on Oct 12, 2007 1:29 PM

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I tried to create a meeting workspace from within Outlook and got a message saying "The operation could not be completed because of an error found on the server. Reason"

Does anyone know what the problem might be ?

Thanks,
Left by Omer on Nov 07, 2007 7:11 PM

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If you installed .NET Framework 2.0 with SP1 and 3.0 with SP1, remove the SP1 from both; this should resolve your problems. Not sure but when we installed .NET SP1 for both 2.0 and 3.0, we had a whole whack of problems. But on the other MOSS servers that we have here without SP1 have no issues. Since removing SP1 from only the .net 2.0 & 3.0 frameworks , our problems have gone away.
Left by Eric on Jan 08, 2008 7:22 PM

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Hi Sean -- Did Microsoft get back to you on this error. We are here sitting in Sunday night to debug this issue!

We have only one WFE, one Index in the farm. Initially we have 2 WFE, but removed one since it had issues.

Please let me know if you find a resolution for this issue.

Thank you
Shaji.
Left by Shaji Venugopal on Jan 21, 2008 1:13 AM

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We also have this same issue. Has anyone resolved this yet? Has anyone tried removing .NET SP1 to see if it corrects the problem?
Left by Dale on Feb 14, 2008 4:26 PM

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I tried removing ther service paks but as by boxes are also my development systems I could not... I have VS 2008 installed which will not let me remove the service paks.
Left by Hal Diggs on Feb 26, 2008 10:02 AM

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For what it's worth, .NET 2.0 SP1 had not been released when I ran into this issue.

I've never heard anything back from MS. Unfortunately, my coworker that had the call in with Microsoft has left to work for another company.
Left by Sean on Feb 26, 2008 10:44 AM

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This blog hint proved the answer:

"I had this today and managed to solve it by going into Timer Job definitions, then find a job definition called Provisioning or Unprovisioning Web Application (it will have your web app name in brackets) and delete it. You should then be able to save the Authentication Provider settings. Restarting the Windows Sharepoint Timer Job service sometimes solves similar issues..."

We followed this tip, and the technician reported:

"I deleted the Provisioning job and restarted the Timer Job service on both servers. Went to extend, and created the new Extranet, it completed without any errors (but without any pretty "Success!" confirmation) and it shows in IIS..."

[Sorry that I no longer have the source for this tip.]
Left by Michael Broschat on Mar 25, 2008 2:36 PM

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Thank you for the information, Michael.
Left by Sean on Mar 25, 2008 3:09 PM

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I ran into the same problem and took Michael's recommendation. Problem solved. I wan able to duplicate the problem. Whenever my deployment jobs run, it creates Provisioning Web Application (Name of Web App) entries in the Timer Job Definitions with Schedule Type One-time. These entries must be deleted before changes can be made to the Authentication Provider settings as Michael suggested. Thank you Michael.
Left by Patrick K on Apr 03, 2008 10:56 AM

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Hi all,

I have this problem too, and would be pleased to delete this job. But how do you delete a Timer job ? The Moss GUI just lets you disable it ?

Must I use stsadm ?

Thanks for your answers :)

MichkinE.
Left by Michkine on Jun 20, 2008 9:32 AM

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works like a charm deleting the timer job

thanks
Left by celerity12 on Oct 14, 2008 12:01 PM

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Truly worked like charm!

Thanks you Micheal.

I love you :)
Left by Larry on Sep 26, 2009 7:50 AM

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Had the same problem. Deleted the timer definition from the CA Timer Job Definitions page. After that... no problems
Left by Martin on May 12, 2011 11:50 AM

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Michael's explanation worked perfectly but you must follow the steps exactly. I would delete all provision and unprovision jobs, restart the windows sharepoint timer services on all web front ends and central admin servers, and then try again.
Left by MikeH on Sep 19, 2011 5:38 PM

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