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Error message when you try to upgrade Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: "Failed to detect if this server is joined to a server farm"
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When you run Psconfig.exe at a command line to try to upgrade a prerelease version of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to the original release version of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, the upgrade operation fails. Additionally, you receive the following error message:
Discovered a v3 connection string and SPFarm.Local indicates that this machine is not joined. Therefore we failed to determine if we were joined to a server farm.
This issue typically occurs if an incoming connection is made to the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 database during the upgrade process.
Note Before you upgrade Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, make sure that you close Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. Additionally, close any other sessions of Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
To resolve this issue, restart Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), and then run Psconfig.exe. To do this, follow these steps: