SharePoint Orphaned Sites

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

If you’ve ever attempted to do a STSADM -o restore and the process got interrupted, then you KNOW what I’m talking about.  When this happens and site data is not properly synchronized between the config and content databases, things get a little rough especially since you can’t restart the restore due to this state of the database.

According to this post by Keith Richie, there is some hope.  Part II can be found here.  In some cases, depending on the type of orphaned mismatch you have, the problem can be resolved by reattaching the content database.  In the case where you have content data but not config data though, which seems to be the case most of the time, there are few options available.  And if you’re thinking of just cleaning up the records yourself, for pity’s sake DON’T!!!

I REPEAT!  DO NOT DIRECTLY UPDATE YOUR SHAREPOINT DATABASES!  STEP AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD!

Cheers
C




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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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