Review upgraded sites (Windows SharePoint Services)
Updated: March 5, 2009
Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
After upgrading a site collection by using the gradual upgrade option, keep the original sites online for a period of time so that the upgraded sites can be reviewed and verified against the original sites. During this time, IT administrators, site owners, designers, and developers can review the sites and have a chance to do the following:
Because the URLs of the old sites are changed during a gradual upgrade, be sure to include the URL when you notify site owners that their sites are ready for review. The Site Content Upgrade Status page lists the URLs for the previous and new version sites.
Compare the old site to the new site and look for any discrepancies or errors. For example, check all hyperlinks. In particular, hard-coded URLs may not work.
Copy missing components, if any, from the old site to the new site by using a SharePoint-compatible Web page editor, such as Office SharePoint Designer.
Update or re-deploy any Web Parts that no longer function correctly. If you have a problem with a Web Part, append "contents=1" at the end of the URL syntax (http://siteurl/?contents=1), and then press ENTER. This takes you to the Web Part Maintenance page where you can remove and repair the broken Web Part page.
If you check out a page to make changes, ensure that you check in the page again.
Determine whether any pages need to be reset to the site definition version. If you have pages that have been customized, and do not show the new version's functionality, you should consider resetting the pages to the site definition to apply the new version's look and functionality, and then reapplying your customizations. You can perform this step from the Site Settings page in your site, and you can reset either individual pages or the entire site.
If pages do not render, you can check the Site Settings page by going directly to the URL syntax (http://siteurl/_layouts/settings.aspx). If the Site Settings page works and the upgrade has succeeded, then there might be issues with the master page or home page. If the Site Settings page does not work, go to the log file to see if you can get more information about the problem. The log files are located at %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\LOGS.
If necessary, revert to the version 2 site. For more information, see Revert to a previous version site (Windows SharePoint Services).
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