Get started with upgrades to SharePoint 2013

SharePoint Server 2016

Applies to: SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2017-07-24

Summary:Find resources to help you understand how to upgrade databases and site collections from SharePoint 2010 Products to SharePoint 2013.

The first step in any upgrade process is to learn about the process itself so that you can plan and prepare appropriately. These articles help you understand how the process of upgrading from SharePoint 2010 Products to SharePoint 2013 works. These articles also include overviews of how to upgrade service applications.

The following downloadable resources, articles on TechNet, video recordings, and related resources provide information about understanding upgrade for SharePoint 2013.

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SharePoint 2013 Products Preview - Upgrade Process model

Describes the steps in the process for a database attach upgrade

The following articles about understanding upgrade are available to view online. Writers update articles on a continuing basis as new information becomes available and as users provide feedback.


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What's new in SharePoint 2013 upgrade

Find out about new requirements, approaches, and features that are available for upgrading to SharePoint 2013.

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Overview of the upgrade process from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013

Get a visual overview of the steps involved in performing an upgrade.

Upgrade overview videos for SharePoint 2013

View this series of short overview videos to understand how upgrade works for SharePoint 2013.

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Services upgrade overview from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2010 Products included several service applications, some of which have databases that can be upgraded when you upgrade to SharePoint 2013. Find out which service application databases can be upgraded and what steps that you must take before, during, and after upgrade for your service applications.

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Upgrade farms that share services (parent and child farms) to SharePoint 2013

In SharePoint Server 2010, it was possible to configure parent farms and child farms to share services. In such an environment, the parent farm hosts one or more service applications from which one or more child farms consume services. Learn how to approach upgrading these environments to SharePoint 2013.

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Best practices for upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013

Get off to the right start - review these best practices for testing and performing an upgrade to SharePoint 2013.

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Review supported editions and products for upgrading to SharePoint 2013

Understand the requirements for upgrade. And if you are planning to change SKUs or products during upgrade, understand which upgrade paths are supported.