During application of an upgrade, is there a difference between "configuration wizard" and "psconfig.exe"? RRS feed

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  • I have been reading deployment docs and listening to a 2008 presentation on deployment and keep seeing mentions of "configuration wizard or psconfig.exe". I also have seen some references to "running setup".

    Having never performed an update before, I am not certain whether any of these terms refer to the actual service pack .exe, or if these are different tools located somewhere on the system, or if there are additional tools that I need to download.

    Is there a simple answer to this question?

    Thursday, May 17, 2012 7:22 PM


  • PSCONFIG.EXE is the command-line version of the SharePoint Configuration Wizard. It provides administrators with additional options that are not available with the wizard. For example, if you use PSCONFIG.EXE to create your farm, you can specify the name of the Central Administration content database, an option that is not available from the wizard.

    With respect to upgrades, PSCONFIG.EXE offers the upgrade command that allows administrators the ability to specify the type of upgrade, or force an upgrade if a previous attempt with the wizard (or PSCONFIG.EXE) failed.

    The command you typically see referenced for upgrades is:

    psconfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

    This command attempts to force an inplace build to build upgrade and wait until the process has completed before returning control to the command prompt. A build to build upgrade implies the installation of cumulative updates or service packs, as opposed to upgrading between versions (v2 to v3 or v3 to v4)

    PSCONFIG.EXE is included in SharePoint's BIN folder, which is typically located at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\BIN. It is not included with the updates itself. The configuration wizard should be located in your Start Menu.

    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist

    Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:04 PM