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November 16, 2007

SharePoint Gradual Upgrade – Random Page Error ‘This Page is Redirecting…’

Earlier today, I was helping a client with a pretty straight-forward gradual upgrade from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 on MSDE over to MOSS 2007 on SQL Server 2005 (no customizations performed and only 2GB of data). We got through the MSDE -> SQL side of things fine, ran prescan.exe (which reported absolutely nothing wrong – zero issues) and then installed MOSS 2007 and performed our upgrade.  Once the upgrade was completed, we tested the 2007 side, and everything but 13 links (lucky number, eh?) worked.  When we clicked on any of these thirteen links, we would get a message similiar to:

This page is redirecting to http://domain/Area/Name in 5 seconds.
To edit this URL click here.

And if you clicked on the ‘edit this URL click here’ you would get a Page Not Found error.  In addition, if you looked at your address bar, it would look something like:


So it was obvious that for some reason, the links we were clicking on were trying to be redirected, but they really didn’t know where to go.  After doing some digging, there was a simple answer:

The area was upgraded and moved over to a new page, but for some reason during the upgrade, SharePoint kept the UpgLandingPgRedir.aspx as the Welcome Page.  So there was obviously a simple fix…

1.  On any page where this error was appearing, Site Actions -> Site Settings -> Modify All Site Settings

2.  Then in administration, under Look and Feel -> Welcome Page

3.  Note the URL of the Welcome Page… it’s pointing to the UpgLandingPgRedir.aspx… change UpgLandingPgRedir.aspx to default.aspx

Now when you click the link, it pulls up default.aspx instead of UpgLandingPgRedir.aspx.  Very simple fix. 

Note one other thing – that the UpgLandingPgRedir.aspx is going to be sitting in all of your Page Libraries where you encountered this error.  I like a nice clean environment, so after switching all of the welcome pages, I also went in and deleted that page from the page libraries (xxxx/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx).

Good luck upgrading!

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  1. Brilliant! Thanks very much for this – I’ve been really stuck on this problem. There seems no obvious reason why some pages on my site got broken this way – they all seem to have been upgraded OK once I change the welcome page.

    Comment by Mick Ekers — January 8, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  2. Having looked again at the original site for a common factor in this, it seems to be that the problem occurs for pages where the portal page url was changed from its original value in SharePoint 2003. I can’t be certain that this always causes a problem, but certainly all my errored pages have had the url changed.

    Comment by Mick Ekers — January 8, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  3. Thanks a lot! This is something I’ve spent 3 hours researching. I too found that the redirect occurred on Portal 2003 areas where I had changed the original URL a while ago.

    Comment by Greg Howe — September 2, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  4. HVw134 comment1 ,

    Comment by andry — May 7, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

  5. Hey, thanks heaps for this! I’ve just done an upgrade and some areas were broken with this exact error. your solution fixed it for me perfectly! 🙂

    Comment by Hal — November 25, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  6. Thanks alot.That works good

    Comment by ravi — June 18, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

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