Preparing for upgrade to SharePoint 2013 - Iterative Upgrade Process

Preparing for upgrade to SharePoint 2013 - Iterative Upgrade Process

Every cycle of SharePoint comes with challenges around upgrades and migrations. In one of my current projects I’ve been part of designing an iterative upgrade process – as I like to call it – which means we’ll be upgrading our Farm (all content databases) from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 every week. Yes, that’s right – we upgrade SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 every single week with the latest content from the production environments. This of course happens on a separate SharePoint 2013 farm setup specifically for this purpose. In this article I’ll talk about the benefits of my…

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FindBestContentDatabaseForSiteCreation() problem after upgrading to SharePoint 2013 - Solution

In one of the projects I’m currently involved, we’re in the process of upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. One of the problems we faced were the fact that we had some orphaned content databases in our production environments, but the problem didn’t surface in SharePoint 2010 but was given light in 2013. So this short post is talking about how I fixed those issues, which was a bit of a pain to be honest. In the environments we’re working, we’ve set up a scheduled upgrade that takes place once every week on a…

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SP 2010: How to create a PowerShell Snapin Cmdlet - Part 2

SP 2010: How to create a PowerShell Snapin Cmdlet - Part 2

In my previous article (How to create a PowerShell Snapin – Part 1) I talked about the general approach to create a custom PowerShell Cmdlet. However, in Part 1 I did not talk about how you create SharePoint 2010 specific Cmdlets. That’s what this article is all about. So without further ado, I will quickly brief you on how you can create a custom PowerShell Cmdlet for SharePoint 2010 using the SPCmdlet base class. In my example I will create a very simple Cmdlet you can use to automatically create demo-sites for use in demo-purposes or development scenarios so you…

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SP 2010: How to create a PowerShell Snapin - Part 1

SP 2010: How to create a PowerShell Snapin - Part 1

In this article I will talk about how you can get started with creating custom PowerShell commands for SharePoint 2010 that you can use. You will see how easy it actually is to build a custom class library that in turn is an extension to the PowerShell console and will add a couple of extra commands according to your preference. The reasons for wanting to do this is an endless list, but as an example if you’ve got repeated tasks you’ll need to perform that are not available out of the box, you can create them yourself and…

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