Upgrade learning roadmap–revisited

Not long ago, we launched a set of Learning Roadmaps for SharePoint 2013 (blog post). It seems like they’re going over fairly well, but we wanted to try out a more visual, less formal version of the roadmap content type and see what you think. I’ve reworked the Upgrade roadmap to include visuals as landmarks…


Conceptual videos for upgrade

Because the upgrade process has so many steps, we’re trying to make it as clear as possible when to do what, and who needs to do which step. To that end, we’ve created a series of very short (1-3 minute) overview videos with graphics that illustrate the steps in the process. The first video has…


Upgrade: Frequent questions from SharePoint Conference 2012

It was great talking with so many of you at the SharePoint Conference last week. From one on one discussions to the big crush at Ask the Experts, we had several questions come up multiple times. Here are the most frequent questions from the conference about upgrade: Q: Can I upgrade from Office SharePoint Server…


Upgrade – how can we help you get started?

Hi – SharePoint Server 2010 has been out for over a year, and many of you have upgraded to take advantage of the new user interface, ease of administration, and new features. But many organizations are still evaluating whether and when to upgrade. We’d like to get a little information from those of you who…


Tip: Take a moment to rename databases during a database attach upgrade

SharePoint Products automatically generate GUID-based database names when databases are created, such as WSS_Content_ 2a24a7ecde1744d4823e31d77b266653. When you’re ready to upgrade, if you don’t have a handy farm inventory, it can take a little time and research to identify each database and map them to your Web applications and site collections. It sure would make farm…


New videos show how to do a database attach upgrade

The process for performing a database attach upgrade can seem complicated. We thought it might be nice to give you a visual overview of the process and demonstrate the steps involved in video format. Two new videos can help you understand and visualize the process for performing the following tasks: Use read-only databases during a…


SharePoint 2010 Products: Upgrade and the Fabulous 40 Application Templates

Many of you have used the “Fabulous 40 templates” that were created for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Some of these templates were created as site admin templates (.stp files) and some as server admin templates (.wsp files). Microsoft is not releasing new versions of these templates for SharePoint 2010 Products. Also, .stp  files are deprecated…


Upgrade to SharePoint 2010 Products from other versions or products

Not every upgrade is a straightforward upgrade from one version of a product to the next. In order to help, we’ve got new TechNet library articles about how to perform an upgrade when you need to: Skip a version: Upgrade from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint Server 2010 Upgrade from Windows SharePoint Services 2.0…


Still have questions regarding upgrading to Office SharePoint Server 2007?

We have updated the following topics that deal with upgrading to Office SharePoint Server 2007, based on customer feedback:   ·         Determine upgrade approach (Office SharePoint Server) ·         How the upgrade process works ·         Review upgrade best practices ·         Estimate how long the upgrade process will take and the amount of space needed ·         Use a…