Tuesday, 13 April 2010

3 Key Things to Remember when Applying Updates!

Applies to: MOSS; EPM2007

I often hear users saying “I am an administrator and logged with my own windows account to do the upgrade”.

You need to think of the SharePoint Farm Administrator (normally SSP account depending on your configuration) as the ADMINISTRATOR! only. This resolves majority of the upgrade failures to do with access rights.

I would highly recommend keeping these three key points in the fore front of your mind when doing upgrades (applying updates);

  1. Login as the SharePoint Farm Administrator (normally SSP account) to apply updates, when working with SharePoint CA or to run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard (SCW) to join a web server to a existing farm.
  2. Test/validate the Farm first by running the SharePoint Configuration Wizard (SCW) on each Web/App server, starting with the one that is hosting the SharePoint CA.
  3. Ensure you have a bullet-proof and well tested back-out strategy in the event of a failed upgrade.

May the force be with you!

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