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March 17, 2008

Vote for Jason Medero & Myself – TechEd 2008 – Birds of a Feather Sessions

Hi Everyone,

Well it’s been a while since my last post… but I promise that will be changing in the near term here.  I have a lot of great things to write about, and really want to get them out here.  In the interim, I wanted to ask for your vote – for my fellow team member Jason Medero & myself.  We both submitted sessions for the ‘Birds of a Feather’ Sessions at TechEd 2008 (The ITPro Track), and they are in the final running for acceptance.  All we need is for you to vote for them:


The session Jay needs your votes on is:

Upgrades and migrations to WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 the real truth

We all know that upgrades/migrations are never easy. The best way to learn and understand more about how to go about approaching your organizations migration/upgrade to V3 is by learning what others are currently finding success with. This BOF session will focus on real life upgrade/migration scenarios and how best to approach them. This includes what kind of prep work should be done, use of 3rd party tools (which ones work and which ones don’t work so well) for migration/upgrade assistance, and best practices around re-architecting your new environment according to the new MOSS 2007 site structure. The main goal of this session is to really find out what works best in specific scenarios and what things should be avoided.

And my session is:

SharePoint 2007 & Windows Server 2008 – What a Match

With the launch of Windows Server 2008, there have been many discussions in the SharePoint community around whether or not SharePoint farms should be upgraded to the latest & greatest server operating system, or if administrators should take the ‘wait and see’ approach. Based on experience so far, the answer is pretty clear – by upgrading, your life as an administrator is going to be made easier, and you will see performance gains with SharePoint. This Birds-of-a-Feather session is going to focus on both the technical and business drivers for upgrading sooner instead of later, and how you can go back to your manager and make a convincing argument… one that will not only save you time, but will end up helping your organization as well.


We appreciate the votes – and hope to see you at TechEd 2008 for the IT Pro (especially at our sessions!).


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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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