failure trying to synch site GUID for ContentDB GUID WebApp GUID.


After performing a full farm restore from one farm to another, I noticed that the following event is being logged into application event logs in every one hour.

Event ID: 5553

failure trying to synch site <GUID> for ContentDB <GUID> WebApp <GUID>.  Exception message was Cannot insert duplicate key row in object ‘dbo.UserMemberships’ with unique index ‘CX_UserMemberships_RecordId_MemberGroupId_SID’.
The statement has been terminated..

After researching for some time I got really confused because all the online discussions talk about content database being detached and attached to a different farm without running “preparetomove” command. But what I did was a farm restore not a content database attach. The solution discussed everywhere was to run the following commands.

stsadm –o preparetomove –contentdb <GUID> –site <URL>

stsadm –o sync –deleteolddatabases 5

But reading further I realized that with SharePoint 2010, there is no longer a “preparetomove” switch with stsadm. SharePoint keeps the same GUID for any content databases attached. Then I found this post and as per the instructions in it, I ran the following command.

stsadm –o sync –deleteolddatabases 0

I waited for few hours for the User Profile to SharePoint Full Synchronization job to complete and verified that the error mentioned above has gone.

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One thought on “failure trying to synch site GUID for ContentDB GUID WebApp GUID.

  1. I was having Errors 5553 (‘dbo.UserMemberships’) on one of my app servers every hour. I tried the stsadm commands to no avail. Almost every blog out there suggests the stsadm commands, but they aren’t advised in Sharepoint 2010.

    It turns out the problem was a corrupted configuration cache. Following the instructions in this link fixed it for me. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/josrod/archive/2007/12/12/clear-the-sharepoint-configuration-cache-for-timer-job-and-psconfig-errors.aspx

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