Windows SharePoint Services Web Application – Stuck at “Starting” Status

I had this trouble after applying Service pack 3 on an existing MOSS 2007 environment: Windows SharePoint Services Web Application stuck at “Starting” status and yet it never starts!

windows sharepoint services web application stuck at stopping status


Stsadm command to stop windows SharePoint services web application stuck on stopping

  1. Jump started to STSADM to stop the service: stsadm -o provisionservice -action stop -servicetype SPWebService
  2. Did IISReset
  3. After that, I could start it either from the command line or from the central admin. stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype SPWebService

Please note: Stopping the Windows SharePoint Services Web Application will remove the virtual directories in IIS, reverts the web.config changes, etc.

So, we have to apply the customizations once it started again.

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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