SPS to MOSS migration error – Cannot locate the list definition required for upgrade

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

If you’re migrating a SPS 2003 portal to MOSS 2007 that has customized area definitions, you’ll have to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555858 revert all those are definitions back to a standard are template before the migration would be successful. After installing MOSS and running the PRESCAN tool you get stuck with this nasty error message:

09/04/2007 15:01:16 Cannot locate the list definition required for upgrade. Check to ensure you have all templates and language packs installed. 09/04/2007 15:01:16 Error: Exception scanning web: http://SERVER/Annual Enrollment 09/04/2007 15:01:16 System.IO.FileNotFoundException: The system cannot find the file specified. at Microsoft.SharePoint.Library.SPRequestInternalClass.UpdateSchemaAllListsOfWeb(String bstrUrl) at Microsoft.SharePoint.PreupgradeReport.Scan.ScanOneSPWeb(SqlConnection connection, String vsUrl, SPVirtualServer vs, SPSite site, SPWeb web)

The problem here is that PRESCAN cannot find the definitions of the areas that are specified in the database. You need to also restore the original WEBTEMPSPS.XML file to the \60\TEMPLATE\1033\XML folder before PRESCAN would run successfully.



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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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