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Broken sitedefinition

  Asked By: Corey    Date: Oct 05    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 805

We are in the middle of upgrading a 2003 environment to 2007. We migrate 2.5
mljn docs from tiff to pdf and also link al these documents through BDC to a
admin LOB. For this we have created a fantastic site def. using vsewss 1.3.
While working on this site def. we used multiple versions (in time) of this
definition to migrate the 2.5 mljn docs from archive 2004-2009. Now we have
5 db's with each about 500.000 migrated docs. But (and here comes my flaw)
we created new versions of the original site definition allmost daily. And i
still do not know what triggers vsewss to create new guids but once in a
while it does (I believe deleting the pkg folder, because it sudddenly
creates versions _2 of an feature, is one of the triggers). Anyway I did not
give it much thought because I new this could happen but we were still in
development phase so hey why bother....

But now I have these 5 dbs based on older site definition structures and
though I still want to copy the content using SPS objectmodel, my tools all
crash with an error that the feature with guid xxx is not installed And
this is correct, the updated features are there but with different guids.
Could I just try to retrieve the original guids and update the features (on
all farm servers Can I use the object model to forget about the
features and just do a hardcopy of the file + metainfo.

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