WSS v3 upgrade testing

I am attempting to model the upgrade of our existing WSS 2.0 site to 3.0 using the current “beta 2” release. Fun so far:

  • The installer for WSS 3 refuses to run claiming that I need Workflow Foundation v2.2 installed and ASP.NET 2.0 enabled on my site. Workflow foundation can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads. The ASP.NET issue was a bit more puzzling, since I throught I already had .NET 2.0 installed on the test server. A quick investigation revealed that it was installed, but not configured for or activated in IIS. I just ran the .NET framework installer again and now the installer runs.
  • all of the pre-release documentation and the current “readme” file are available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads. Irritating that they did not come with the beta 2 download… I had to hunt them down.
  • After install, configuration failed. I had to run the “prescan” tool manually. The report that was generated showed that two sites were “broken”. Interestingly, I could not find any evidence that these sites actially exist when using either “stsadm -o enumsites” or the “Sharepoint Explorer” utility. Some googling revealed the concept of “site oprhans”:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/krichie/archive/2005/10/25/484889.aspx
    It is claimed that there is a tool available to fix this:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918743/
    But as luck would have it our MS Essential Support has lapsed and Procuremetn has not processed the service renewal request. Dang! I will just fix the problem manually on the test server, but we will need that hotfix for Prod! Manual fix entails removing the content database from the virtual server, then adding it back in. This forces the Config database to remove all current entries, then recreate them.
  • next problem is vexing… I get this error during the upgrade process:
    An exception of type System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException was thrown. Additional exception information: The Indexer property in the MSSConfiguration table is not set to the name of this machine.
    System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0xC0041229): The Indexer property in the MSSConfiguration table is not set to the name of this machine.
    I just can’t figure this one yet. Google is worthless.
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