29 August 2008

.NET Framework Service Pack Breaks SharePoint v2.0

Filed under the "be careful when updating servers" category, Microsoft announced on Wednesday that an update to the latest .NET Framework (v3.5) will cause problems with WSS v2.0 (and SharePoint 2003 by proxy). 

Anyone who has been working on SharePoint since the 2003 timeframe will probably remember that this is not the first time that framework updates have broken the previous version of SharePoint.  Most notably, when updating a SharePoint 2003 server to .NET 2.0, the index server mysteriously stopped indexing content.

This latest issue just reinforces the old adage that you need to thoroughly test updates in a non-production environment, even if Microsoft says they're O.K.