Microsoft's Eric Harlan began his session on upgrading to SharePoint 2013 by wryly acknowledging that "we all know why you're here: to see what kind of pain you're going to be in for." What's changed, what's stayed the same, and what you can expect with your upgrade.
Beginning with the things that have stayed the same in the upgrade process, Eric said that in moving from 2010 to 2013: it's still V2V via database attach or backup & restore, and the same PowerShell commands (test, mount, upgrade) will be employed.
What's changed in the upgrade process includes that "there is no more Web Analytics Service at all ... that's been rolled into Search." As well, "we're only Claims now" ... no more NTLM, Windows, Kerberos," etc. Calming prospective anxieties, Eric said of the Claims-only change, "It's a little bit scary, but you're really just making the Web Apps claims-enabled." You'll also be getting FAST as part of the Enterprise license in SharePoint 2013, a change that's certain to make many customers happy. Interestingly, "Web-based Office is being pulled out of SharePoint," and will be its own standalone product in 2013. There is a 2010 mode and 2013 mode present, and "the bits for 2010 are included" (which is "huge for people who want to slowly transition their users into 2013"). Throttle-controlled site upgrade is available, Eric explained, "with a whole bunch of switches."
Common Service Applications that can be upgraded from 2010 include: Search; User Profile; Managed Metadata; Secure Store; BDC/BCS; and PerformancePoint. Eric's 2013 environment didn't make it across the Atlantic unfortunately, so he was unable to provide a 2013 demo, but he was able to successfully convey the critical information all the same. If it's an option for you, Eric strongly suggested, you may not want to upgrade the Sync database, because there's "a lot of additional effort required."
Prior to providing a handy "upgrade to-do for content databases," Eric mentioned that if you've upgraded from 2007 to 2010 previously, the only change in the 2013 upgrade will be the Claims aspect. Your upgrade to-do list includes: prepare the destination farm; read-only and backup databases; create WebApplication (Claims) in 2013; upgrade 2010 content databases to Claims Auth (before upgrading to 2013) via PowerShell; restore content databases to the new environment; and test/mount SPContentDatabase.
Eric covered the process to upgrade to Claims next, and since this is accomplished via PowerShell, the necessary commands are all included in his deck, which he'll be publishing as soon as possible. You'll need to migrate zones to claims mode, add the new administrator to the Claims Provider, add security policies for the Web App to that administrator, migrate users, provision globally, and cache user account migration (this last is optional). Eric then provided a demo of this entire process using a 2010 environment on a virtual machine and running through the PowerShell script. Eric shared that "you're going to get a lot more commandlets in 2013 ... there are about 30% more." (He also mentioned that there's a 16-page TechNet article published on this now, but he'll be blogging the upgrade process himself soon, and will boil it down to the most essential few dozen lines of commands, all of which will be available at: http://www.ericharlan.com/Moss_SharePoint_2007_Blog/upgrading-from-sharepoint-2010-to-sharepoint-2013-a222.html.
Eric then demonstrated how to perform the mounts, employing a 2007 to 2010 upgrade, noting that "the process is identical" when moving from 2010 to 2013. As a final note on the topic of mounts, Eric urged attendees to "please, please, if you can, clean up [your database] before bringing it to 2013 ... you'll thank me later."
In conclusion, Eric summarized the main takeaways of his session as being the change to Claims-only in 2013, and the fact that you can now use upgrade methods for Service Applications. Calming potentially anxious minds once again, Eric wrapped up by advising that you "update the Claims first, and then update like normal."
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