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Upgrading to SharePoint 2010. Gary Lapointe, SharePoint MVP. About Me. SharePoint MVP Company: ShareSquared , Inc. Blog: http://stsadm.blogspot.com/ Email: gary@thelapointes.com Twitter: @ glapointe. Who, When & Why. Considerations: Good candidates for upgrade

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upgrading to sharepoint 2010

Upgrading to SharePoint 2010

Gary Lapointe, SharePoint MVP

about me
About Me
  • SharePoint MVP
  • Company: ShareSquared, Inc.
  • Blog: http://stsadm.blogspot.com/
  • Email: gary@thelapointes.com
  • Twitter: @glapointe
who when why
Who, When & Why


  • Good candidates for upgrade
    • You need certain 2010 features
    • You have not done significant* customizations
  • Get a second opinion if:
    • You have a large deployment
    • You’ve done significant customization


  • Start planning & install the Beta now!
  • RTM is May 12th
server preparation
Server Preparation
  • SQL Server
    • SQL 2008 R2 or SQL 2008+SP1+CU2 (or greater)
    • SQL 2005 w/SP3 – supported / not recommended
  • SharePoint Servers
    • SharePoint 2007 SP2 + October CU (or greater)
      • October CU updates the preupgradecheck STSADM command
    • 64 bit required
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard w/SP2 (or greater)
    • WCF Hotfix (not part of the prerequisites installer)
    • Minimum 8GB RAM
  • Pre-Upgrade Check
    • Run the STSADM preupgradecheck command prior to upgrade
    • Run the Test-SPContentDatabase cmdlet prior to DB mount
  • Plan for sufficient disk space
in place upgrade
In-Place Upgrade
  • Use existing hardware – servers/farm offline during upgrade
  • Configuration and all content upgraded
  • Farm-wide settings preserved
  • Customizations available after upgrade
  • Recommended for small or non-production environments
database attach upgrade
Database Attach Upgrade
  • New hardware
  • Upgrade multiple DBs at a time
  • Server farm settings not upgraded
  • Customizations must be transferred
  • Can consolidate multiple farms into one
  • Recommended if farm level configurations are minimal
hybrid 1 read only databases
Hybrid 1: Read-only databases
  • Use Database Attach upgrade to preserve existing farm
  • Existing farm is put in read-only mode
  • Create a new farm and attach all content databases
  • Server farm settings not upgraded
  • Recommended over Database Attach
hybrid 2 detach databases
Hybrid 2: Detach databases
  • Use in-place upgrade for farm settings to preserve configurations
  • Detach and upgrade content databases
  • Alternatively, upgrade content databases in a temporary farm
  • Recommended if farm level configurations are significant
  • Many assemblies will not require re-compilation
    • Assembly binding redirects are machine level post Beta2
  • Use SharePoint Solution Packages (WSPs)
  • Site Templates deprecated
    • Existing sites based on the template will upgrade
    • To create new sites using the template create a site using the template, upgrade the database, and export the site as a WSP
  • SharePoint 2007 Themes deprecated
    • Convert and redeploy using the new SharePoint 2010 Theme format
  • Changes to OOTB files will not upgrade
    • Document changes to files such as document icons and noise words
    • Changes will need to be recreated
customizations cont
Customizations (cont.)
  • Importing SharePoint 2007 WSPs not created using VSeWSS is not supported*
  • Queries on SPList items that exceed 5000 items will fail
    • Increase the default query threshold or modify the query
  • Take Visual Upgrade into consideration
    • Use the SharePoint:VersionedContent or SharePoint:VersionedPlaceHolder controls to support v3 and v4 UI characteristics
    • Use SPWeb.UIVersion to check what UI version the site it using
  • Don’t forget to check 3rd party vendors for updates to installed packages!
upgrade best practices
Upgrade Best Practices
  • Large content databases and site collections will take longer to upgrade
    • If upgrade time is critical consider splitting Content Databases and/or Site Collections into smaller units prior to upgrade
      • STSADM’s mergecontentdbs command can be used to move a Site Collection to a different Content Database
  • Archive off any Site Collections, Webs, or Lists that are no longer necessary
      • This will reduce upgrade time and potentially reduce upgrade issues related to customizations
      • Archiving of Lists will require 3rd party tools or can be done after upgrade using Central Admin or PowerShell
  • Plan for Visual Upgrade
    • How will it be utilized?
    • How long will sites use the V3 UI?
    • Will Site Collection administrators be able to change or will it require IT intervention?
upgrade best practices cont
Upgrade Best Practices (cont.)
  • Migrate SharePoint 2007 to 64-bit prior to upgrade
  • Prepare Client Desktops
    • Update to Office 2010 for enhanced features
    • Pre-deploy Silverlight 3.0
  • Evaluate Upgrade versus Migration
  • Provide user training
    • Train end-users before and after upgrade
    • Train administrators and developers before you even start planning for your upgrade
  • Test your Disaster Recovery strategy before upgrading
  • Don’t upgrade a broken farm