MCMS2002 to Sharepoint 2007

11 08 2009

Recently I had several contacts enquiring how to perform upgrade from a Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 (MCMS2002) to a Sharepoint 2007 Publishing site. Although this is not a “click-click” process, there isn’t much to it. Or is there?

The basics:

  • for data upgrade (call it items, content or whatever you like), there is a feature out of the box to drive the process: Content Management Server Migration (available at Central administration > Operations)
  • for all the rest: get a comfortable chair, a good development machine and ride on the development process. This includes:
    • Page layouts
    • Master pages
    • Web User Controls
    • Webparts
    • Custom Navigation
    • Workflows
    • Events
    • and basically any CustomWhateverYouNeed that doesn’t come ou of the Sharepoint package.

“So, where do I start?” you may ask… I would say: “Plan it!“.

In the planning effort, you will realise:

  • the volume of information you are about to migrate
  • the artifacts you may require and those you need to develop/upgrade
  • define multi-language requirements and plan for variations
  • enumerate workflows, jobs and events
  • etc

With this in hand you can more accurately estimate and cast light into the dark zones of the process.

Use the CMS Assessment Tool to evaluate the effort involved.

Here are some  references to help you getting started:

Be safe.


Integrating SPDisposeCheck with your visual studio

10 08 2009

I don’t know about you, but I like to have my tools handy 🙂
With this in mind I suggest the approach described here:

Simple and neet.

Sharepoint 2007 June Cumulative Update is out

21 07 2009

The public version of the June’s C.U. is finnaly out.

Direct links:

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 June cumulative update package

Office SharePoint Server 2007 June cumulative update package


Post from the Sharepoint Team Blog:

New paper on using Visual Studio Team System for Sharepoint development.

10 05 2009

A new interesting paper has been published from VSTS Rangers: Using Team Foundation Server to Develop Custom SharePoint Products and Technologies Applications. You can access the paper here:

New Whitepaper Published on MSDN – Deploying Information Management Policy Using Feature Activation in SharePoint Server 2007

7 05 2009

This whitepaper by Craig Schwandt has been published on MSDN.  Learn how to operationally deploy policies through Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 by using feature activation event handlers and the SharePoint Server object model.  It also includes code samples that demonstrate the topics covered in the article.  You can access the content here.


28 04 2009

After some rehersals, the SP2 is finally out.

You can get it from the following links:

KB Article Links

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2
Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2 (SP2)


Related Resources

About Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Product and Technologies (marketing doc, talks about benefit)

Service Pack 2 Overview (TechNet article links, very useful)

Updates Resource Center for SharePoint Products and Technologies

The full list of changes in SP2 (Excel 2007 format)
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 Changes
2007 Office Servers SP2 Changes

Full list of downloads for Office System 2007 SP2 (client & server).

Also check de STSADM new command: . preupgradecheck ;-). Are you feeling lucky?

Article: Automate Web App Deployment with the SharePoint API

28 04 2009

I came across an article from MSDN that is very straight to the point and shows you some nice approaches for application deployment in sharepoint.

The article with the above name can be found at