Upgrade Options from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013

Posted by Preeti Agarwal


With SharePoint 2013 Preview released, the first question that comes to mind for organizations still on MOSS 2007 is, “Can we upgrade directly to SharePoint 2013, skipping SharePoint 2010 altogether?”

Short answer – No.  Long answer – you need at least an intermediate SharePoint 2010 farm to take you from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013.

There can be different scenarios to consider in the upgrade decision:

You have already invested in SharePoint 2010

  1. If you have already invested in, are in the process of upgrading to SharePoint 2010, and if it satisfies all your business needs, you can go ahead with the upgrade to get your return on investment on the product.
  2. If you have invested in, but have not considered or started the upgrade to SharePoint 2010, you can evaluate if SharePoint 2013 would better suit your business needs and if your upgrade costs would be reduced by directly going to SharePoint 2013. If you upgrade to SharePoint 2010, it is highly unlikely that you will do another upgrade to SharePoint 2013 very soon. So it is recommended that you plan your upgrade to the product you want to stick with for at least a couple years. You will need a temporary SharePoint 2010 installation in case you need to go directly from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013.

You have only invested in MOSS 2007

  1. If you haven’t purchased SharePoint 2010 licenses, it would be worth waiting for SharePoint 2013 release in early 2013. With this, you would be on the latest product and won’t need to upgrade for a few years. Trial version of SharePoint 2010 can be used as the intermediate step for upgrading from version 2007 to 2013.

In any case, it is advisable to perform a readiness assessment of the MOSS 2007 environment for the 2010 and the subsequent 2013 upgrade. This early check can help organizations prepare for the actual upgrade to SharePoint 2013 once Microsoft announces the release in early 2013. Various factors that will impact the upgrade process include the level of customizations done in the environment, Windows and SQL Server versions, third-party integrations, service applications being used, etc.

Please feel free to contact RKO Business Solutions at 778-383-1850 or info@rkosolutions.com to know about our Upgrade Assessment Programs and how we can help you with your SharePoint Upgrades.

Preeti Agarwal is a Lead SharePoint Solution Specialist at RKO Business Solutions and specializes in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system design, Information Architecture design, implementation and facilitation. Preeti has been involved with many successful ECM, Records and Email Management and Archiving related projects.

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