We have a server farm that is having issues deploying WSPs. The odd thing is that the server goes through all the motions of deploying the WSPs with no errors. That is, the job is scheduled appropriately. I can see the status change on the Solution Management page from deploying to deployed. There are no errors in the trace logs or event viewers. However, the 12 hive only contains files that existed prior to the upgrade. This is also the case in a retract,delete,add,deploy scenario.
Note: Our server topology has changed over time. Our Central Admin machine reached its End of Life, so we added another server to the farm, moved the central admin with the stsadm tool, and removed the old server from the farm.
Here is what I have tried:
What else can I check? Typically, we can use the errors in the logs as a basis for research, but without something to go on, I'm striking out.
UPDATE: I tried two more debugging steps that might be helpful in the future but did not produce results in this case:
Finally, we were lucky enough to still have the soon to be decommisioned server that previously ran Central Admin (Server1). So, I added the server to the farm. Removed the Central Admin from the new Server (Server2). Added it to the old server (Server1). Deployed the WSP. On the Solution Management page, two of the three front ends deployed successfully (Server1+Server3). I ended up having to remove and re-add Server2 from the farm. Then move the CA back and remove Server1 from the farm.
All is now well.
To roll the dice...
Are you able to deploy any WSPs at all now?
Alternatively, can you manually install a feature without wrapping it in a WSP?
Have you tried removing the files in the hive and redeploying the wsp? Just to make sure nothing is wrong with the files themselves.
Do you get any warning in central admin that your frontends are not in sync?
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