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PWA privision fail on standalone SharePoint Server 2013 with 'Add PWAWorkflow Feature failed' RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with SharePoint Server 2003 SP1 standalone(non-domain) server and running SQL Server 2008 Express. I installed project server 2013 onto it, after hundrunds of times fail. Then the configuration wizard created a default PWA site collection for me at  http://ServerName/PWA, but its provision status is failed.

    I changed the site collection administrator to a local administrators group memeber but not build in administrator account, and retry the provision. The ULS log shows it failed at:

    Add PWAWorkflow Feature failed. System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.BusinessLayer.PDPListItemCache.BuildMapOfSharePointItems(SPList pdpListObject, String whereXml) at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.BusinessLayer.Config.<ActivatePWAWorkflowFeature>b__1() at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSecurity.<>c__DisplayClass5.<RunWithElevatedPrivileges>b__3() at Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities.SecurityContext.RunAsProcess(CodeToRunElevated secureCode) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges(WaitCallback secureCode, Object param) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges(CodeToRunElevated secureCode) at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.BusinessLayer.Config.PostProvisioningSetup(ProjectSite projectSite, PostConfigType postConfigType) StackTrace: at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Native.dll: (sig=6ea170d1-988e-4153-9f1d-0305c0ea0309|2|microsoft.office.project.server.native.pdb, offset=3C1E) at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Native.dll: (offset=1255D) Watson bucket parameters: Microsoft Project Server 2013, ULSException14, 070f6ea0 "project server", 0f0011d9 "15.0.4569.0", 9c2bade2 "microsoft.office.project.server", 0f0011d9 "15.0.4569.0", 527cb38b "fri nov 08 17:48:59 2013", 0000117b "0000117b", 0000003b "0000003b", 4a6d3421 "nullreferenceexception", 0020b3c3 "ailpd" 06db9e9c-54b2-40bb-da44-2950e2f85be5 Project Web Instance post provision setup completed with errors for instance http://sps/pwa. The error is 'Add PWAWorkflow Feature failed.' 'SharePoint - 80:pwa': Post provision setup failed. An exception occurred: Add PWAWorkflow Feature failed Feature activation failed with error Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Administration.ProvisionException: Post provision setup failed. Add PWAWorkflow Feature failed. at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Administration.PsiServiceApplication.ProjectSitePostProvisionSetup(PostConfigType postConfigType, ProjectSite projectSite) at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Administration.ProvisionFeatureEventHandler.FeatureActivated(SPFeatureReceiverProperties properties) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeature.DoActivationCallout(Boolean fActivate, Boolean fForce) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeature.Activate(SPSite siteParent, SPWeb webParent, SPFeaturePropertyCollection props, SPFeatureActivateFlags activateFlags, Boolean fForce) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeatureCollection.AddInternal(SPFeatueDefinition featdef, Version version, SPFeaturePropertyCollection properties, SPFeatureActivateFlags activateFlags, Boolean force, Boolean fMarkOnly) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeatureCollection.AddInternalWithName(Guid featureId, Int32 compatibilityLevel, String featureName, Version version, SPFeaturePropertyCollection properties, SPFeatureActivateFlags activateFlags, Boolean force, Boolean fMarkOnly, Boolean fIgnoreMissing, SPFeatureDefinitionScope featdefScope) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeatureCollection.AddInternal(Guid featureId, Version version, SPFeaturePropertyCollection properties, Boolean force, Boolean fMarkOnly, SPFeatureDefinitionScope featdefScope) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeatureCollection.Add(Guid featureId) at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.AdministrationPsiServiceApplication.EnsureProvisioningFeature(SPSite site) at Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Administration.PsiServiceApplication.CreateSite(ProjectProvisionSettings provset)

    and another error log before is:

    Feature 'PWAWorkflow' (ID: 269ddb29-6cad-4f0a-96a2-436029db51dd) is already activated at scope 'http://sps/pwa'.
    PWA:http://sps/pwa, ServiceApp:Project Server Service Application, User:PROJECTSERVER\system, PSI: Activate PWAWorkflow feature: DuplicateNameException Feature 'PWAWorkflow' (ID: 269ddb29-6cad-4f0a-96a2-436029db51dd) is already activated at scope 'http://sps/pwa'.., LogLevelManager Warning-ulsID:0x000DA593 has no entities explicitly specified.	

    The database provision is successful according to the log, with some lines of grant permission to network service fail etc.I

    I believe this is a configuration problem but I have no any idea how to adjust it. Please anyone give me some hint. Thank you very much.


    Alex Du



    • Edited by Alex Du Friday, June 27, 2014 7:00 AM
    Friday, June 27, 2014 6:59 AM

All replies

  • First, I would start over and get a clean install and working provision PWA.  It seems like you are doing something wrong that isn't obvious.  The NON-DOMAIN has me a little concerned.  I don't believe that is supported but I can't find any documentation that states otherwise. It seems like I tried it years ago and I never got it to work.

    Here is would I would suggest.

    1) Get SharePoint up and running with out any errors.  Build a site collection and site and make sure the basics are working

    2) Install Project Server and then run the SharePoint Production Configuration Wizard.  This must run completely without any errors.

    3) Then try provisioning PWA.


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