Points to consider when upgrading to SharePoint 2016

Before upgrading to SharePoint 2016, the below points will guide you to get efficient solution and to minimize the project risks.

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  • There is difference between upgrade and migrate where upgrade will take the whole database content but migrate will move the content only to the new farm
  • In general, if you have well-structured site, content and customization then go with upgrade else it’s better to migrate the content and start with fresh content database
  • You can only upgrade from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016 and if you have older version than SharePoint 2013 then you need to upgrade it to SharePoint 2013 before SharePoint 2016 or you can use third party tools
  • Build sold plan and strategy before upgrading by determines the current configuration, customization, dependencies and removed or deprecated services
  • List all SharePoint application services that could be upgraded or not
  • Test the content database and don’t ignore the issues
  • Testing is an iteration process and may repeated many times until you get stable status
  • Document every step and fix that will be found
  • Resolve content, missing web parts , orphans … in SharePoint 2013 and then upgrade it to SharePoint 2016
  • Make sure there is no 14 Mode sites before upgrade to SharePoint 2016
  • No Service pack or cumulative update required to upgrade from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016 but it’s recommended to have the last update
  • It is recommended to always migrate your Service Applications before you migrate your Web Applications and SharePoint sites
  • Make sure to have claim authentication before upgrade to SharePoint 2016 and avoid to use classic authentication
  • Delete and remove unused contents, services and customization before upgrade to SharePoint 2016

 

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