Joseph Michael Pesch
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Sharepoint Powershell Script to Remove Missing Feature References from Sharepoint Site Content Configuration

by 2. August 2012 11:55

Our Sharepoint 2010 Central Administration portal Health Analyzer shows a "Missing server side dependencies." entry.  When clicking into the details of that entry we see the error shown below:

[MissingFeature] Database [WSS_CONTENT_MySite] has reference(s) to a missing feature: Id = [00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000]. The feature with Id 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 is referenced in the database [WSS_CONTENT_MySite], but is not installed on the current farm

Below is code to find and or delete the reference to the missing feature.  Thanks to Phil Childs blog entry: for providing the powershell script.

Code (note remove the -ReportOnly parameter to actually delete the reference):

function Remove-SPFeatureFromContentDB($ContentDb, $FeatureId, [switch]$ReportOnly)
    $db = Get-SPDatabase | where { $_.Name -eq $ContentDb }
    [bool]$report = $false
    if ($ReportOnly) { $report = $true }
    $db.Sites | ForEach-Object {
        Remove-SPFeature -obj $_ -objName "site collection" -featId $FeatureId -report $report
        $_ | Get-SPWeb -Limit all | ForEach-Object {
            Remove-SPFeature -obj $_ -objName "site" -featId $FeatureId -report $report

function Remove-SPFeature($obj, $objName, $featId, [bool]$report)
    $feature = $obj.Features[$featId]
    if ($feature -ne $null) {
        if ($report) {
            write-host "Feature found in" $objName ":" $obj.Url -foregroundcolor Red
            try {
                $obj.Features.Remove($feature.DefinitionId, $true)
                write-host "Feature successfully removed from" $objName ":" $obj.Url -foregroundcolor Red
            catch {
                write-host "There has been an error trying to remove the feature:" $_
    else {
        #write-host "Feature ID specified does not exist in" $objName ":" $obj.Url

Remove-SPFeatureFromContentDB -ContentDB "WSS_CONTENT_MySite" -FeatureId "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000" -ReportOnly


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