Upgrading to SharePoint 2013? It’s kind of a big deal . . .

In our last post, Fpweb.net hosting engineer Joe Beyer offered tips on How to Upgrade from SharePoint 2003 . . . all the way to SharePoint 2010. But where does the roadmap extend past the 2010 version? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at SharePoint 2013 – and the system requirements you’ll need to  have in place in order to upgrade to the 2013 version.

If you’re anything like our staff at Fpweb.net, then you spend a lot of time with SharePoint. So- as you probably already know- the big news in the SharePoint community is the announcement of another major release in the near future (dubbed “SharePoint 2013”, at least for now).

And yeah, it’s kind of a big deal for our industry…

SharePoint 2013 Preview screenshot of features menu

Notably, the SharePoint platform will be improved with some great new features. The new version promises updates to Claims-Based Authentication, Business Connectivity Services (BCS), eDiscovery, Business Intelligence and Workflows, among other features. You’ll also notice several new Service Applications bundled with SharePoint, such as App Management, Machine Translation and the Work Management Service Application.

The SharePoint user interface is also getting a design makeover, with cues from Microsoft’s Metro UI design principles.

SharePoint 2013 Preview screenshot

But beyond the new design and new features, Fpweb.net is primarily concerned with the system requirements for hosting SharePoint. To meet our client’s needs we’re focusing our attention on the server infrastructure and network requirements, as well as the migration process to upgrade from previous versions of SharePoint.

And there are a couple critical points here:

  1. There is no direct upgrade path from SharePoint 2007 to 2013. You must have a current version (SharePoint 2010 Foundation or Server) in place before upgrading to the next version.Is your organization still using a 2007 version of SharePoint (WSS or MOSS)? Or perhaps even using SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (v. 2.0)? Well, you’re not alone. If you’re considering SharePoint 2013, now may be the perfect time to start migrating from your older installation to SharePoint 2010. That way you’ll be prepared for a smooth transition to the new software.
  2. The underlying server components for SharePoint 2013 are also being upgraded.Earlier this year Microsoft released its new database server, SQL Server 2012. And Windows Server 2012 is anticipated for public release before the end of this year. So, if you want to be ready when SharePoint 2013 rolls out, this is an ideal time to start considering migrating to the newest versions of Windows Server and SQL Server while you’re at it.Of course, that also means this is a great time to consider shedding your IT burdens and moving to a private cloud, hosted SharePoint environment.

So, in a sense, upgrading to SharePoint 2013 is also going to be kind of a big deal. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big hassle. That’s where Fpweb.net can help.

Our experienced engineering staff is like a strong Tylenol for your IT headache. When upgrades and infrastructure maintenance begin to overwhelm your business, Fpweb.net places our talent on your team to deliver a dedicated, managed SharePoint Cloud that remains completely in your control, with full administrative privileges. Our SharePoint experts will identify the ideal upgrade path for your environment and work with you to deploy a SharePoint Cloud that is secure, powerful and fast. You just sit back and watch your ROI pick up the pace with the substantial savings that Hosted SharePoint can offer.

Fpweb.net Your SharePoint Cloud graphicRight now the dedicated hosting engineers at Fpweb.net are fast at work delving into the nooks and crannies of the SP2013 Preview Release so we can be prepared ahead of time to meet our clients needs with SharePoint 2013- and the upgrade process from previous editions. Stay tuned for more updates and tips surrounding this major update from Microsoft.

2012-08-28T04:08:17+00:00 August 28th, 2012|

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