Chapter 5

Upgrading to SharePoint 2013


  • Supported upgrade methods
  • Upgrade best practices
  • Upgrading content and services

Getting SharePoint 2013 installed and configured is a good first step, but your farm needs some content in order for your users to really fall in love with it. SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 wormed their way into most company’s hearts, so you probably already have good SharePoint content out there just aching to be upgraded to your new SharePoint 2013 farm. Although the upgrade process has a lot of moving parts, with the proper planning and execution you can perform a smooth upgrade using one of the methods described here without getting any of your fingers caught in the upgrade gears. This chapter covers everything you need to know to upgrade your content from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013.


Each new version of SharePoint presents a new upgrade experience. Some parts are better, some parts are worse. Upgrading with SharePoint 2013 is the same way. This part of the chapter covers what works and what doesn’t work.

What You Can Upgrade

There are many pieces of SharePoint 2010 you may need to upgrade. It’s not all about getting those PowerPoint presentations into your new farm. Here are some different things you can upgrade.


Like the versions of SharePoint that preceded it, it’s tougher to stump SharePoint 2013 when you’re upgrading content. It handles customizations better; and in situations where ...

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