An update conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action. The object SearchServiceApplication Name={FAST SSA} was updated by {account}, in OWSTIMER (5836) process, on machine {server name}.

You may encounter this issue when deleting SharePoint FAST Service Applications. I saw it while deleting a FAST Query SSA. The deletion failed with the following sweet message:

An update conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action. The object SearchServiceApplication Name={FAST SSA} was updated by {account}, in OWSTIMER (5836) process, on machine {server name}.

The fix came from deleting the SharePoint cache on the server running this application. It was not necessary to delete the cache on other servers in the farm that were not involved in running this.

Steps on the box running this FAST SSA

1. Stop the SharePoint timer service. My  preference is command prompting this: net stop sptimerv4

2. Locate the SharePoint cache folder: \ProgramData\Microsoft\SharePoint\Config\{Guids Folders} . Locate the Guid folder that contains a file called cache.ini. We won’t delete this file. We will delete all files in the folder (but the cache.ini). Recycle bin them if you’re feeling better. Edit the cache.ini file and replace the number in it with something else.

3. Restart the SharePoint timer service, net start sptimerv4

4. Watch the cache (Guid folder) cleaned in step 2 being repopulated with files. Check the cache.ini file’s content, your temporary value will be gone.

At this point the FAST SSA can be deleted successfully.

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