Top 10 tasks to prepare your SharePoint 2010 environment for 2013

Many of us are very excited with all the new features that SharePoint 2013 has to offer and may be thinking about upgrading in the next six to twelve months. But before we get into the details of how to upgrade SharePoint from 2010 to 2013, let's go through the following ten clean up tasks that you can do to best prepare your environment for the upgrade:



Delete unused or underused site collections and sub-webs

Reduce risk and improve performance

Check large lists (lists with lots of data)

Improve performance and user experience

Reorganize content document libraries by folders, which provides these benefits:

  • Folder level permission
  • Default metadata value

Delete excess columns from wide lists (lists with too many columns) or remove wide lists

Wide lists can cause an upgrade to fail

Consider moving site collections into separate databases

The number of site collections allowed per database is lower in SP2013:

  • SP2010: 15,000 site collections per database
  • SP2013: 5,000 site collections per databases

Upgrade to SP2013 will fail if a database contains more than 5000 site collections

Remove extraneous document versions

Large numbers of versions can slow down an upgrade significantly or crash the upgrade altogether

Remove unused templates, features, and Web Parts

Platform hygiene and obsolete components may cause the upgrade to fail

Remove PowerPoint Broadcast sites

It is no longer available in 2013

Finish Visual Upgrades in SharePoint 2010

All sites will move to 2010 experience automatically after the upgrade to SP2013

If there are sites that are still running in MOSS mode, they may not work after the farm is upgraded to SP2013

Check databases for duplicate or orphaned site collections

Platform hygiene and improve performance

Clean up Health Analyzer issues

Platform hygiene and minimize risks for the upgrade

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