Don’t panic! Site migration disparity is an elution…

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, I’ve spent the last year of my life buried in SharePoint migrations. I’ve learned many, many things and even wrote my “Step-by-Step – A REAL world upgrade of a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS) farm to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS)” document to help others out who had to fight through the process. One thing I had not noticed before but just picked up on is related to WSS site migrations. If you look at the following screen print…


You will notice that the WSS site in question has two document libraries, General and Protected. There are 83 items listed in the General library and only 1 item in the Protected library. After migrating this site to WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007, and selecting the “View All Site Contents” link, I noticed the following…


As you can see, on the migrated site, SharePoint is reporting 117 items in the General library and 18 in the Protected library. This really perplexed me so I dug a little deeper. I refused to believe that there was a problem with the migration process and that I might be losing data… I was right.

As it turned out, WSS 3.0 reports folders as Items too! 😉

So, in this case, where the Protected library contains 1 document and 17 folders in its folder structure, WSS 3.0 is reporting it as 18 items whereas WSS 2.0 reported it as only 1 item.

So, if you run across this, never fear. The explanation is simple enough…



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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