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  • Question

  • I have been tasked to upgrade a site that was created by what I presume has been built with Publishing Portal template with minimal customization. I am trying to find out which places the site has been customized at. I have heard that the Publishing Portal Site Template was saved and some customization was done on it and then new sites are being created using that template. But there is no much documentation stating where all customization has been done.

    How do I go about checking where all these customizations have been made logically and methodically? Exisiting environment: MOSS 2007 SP2.


    Thanks, Soumya
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 2:30 PM

Answers

  • Hi Soumya,

    I’m afraid that there is no directly way to find where the site template has been customized, SharePoint will not store the information for site layout change, site structure change or other modifications that not site content, if it is about SharePoint content and auditing is enabled, you may consider auditing reports, it contains content activity reports, information management reports, site settings reports, custom reports, you can refer to the following link for more information:
    http://cwright322.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/sharepoint-usage-and-audit-reports/

    Thanks,
    Qiao

    • Marked as answer by Soumya B Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:40 PM
    Monday, November 7, 2011 9:17 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    There is no direct way to do so.

    You can create two sites one with oob template and one with customized template and then you can compare them to find any difference.


    Thanks, Rahul Rashu
    • Marked as answer by Soumya B Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:40 PM
    Monday, November 7, 2011 11:15 AM
  • What exactly are you looking to see has been customised?

    If you're looking for custom webparts, then looking in the webparts gallery or your site collection features will tell you that, or the web part gallery.

    If you believe you've got some templates (site, list or library) then looking in the galleries under Site Collection Administration should reveal something.

    You can also inspect various Hive/12 directories but you'd need to be familiar with what's included here on a default installation.


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/
    • Marked as answer by Soumya B Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:40 PM
    Monday, November 7, 2011 1:40 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • Hi Soumya,

    I’m afraid that there is no directly way to find where the site template has been customized, SharePoint will not store the information for site layout change, site structure change or other modifications that not site content, if it is about SharePoint content and auditing is enabled, you may consider auditing reports, it contains content activity reports, information management reports, site settings reports, custom reports, you can refer to the following link for more information:
    http://cwright322.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/sharepoint-usage-and-audit-reports/

    Thanks,
    Qiao

    • Marked as answer by Soumya B Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:40 PM
    Monday, November 7, 2011 9:17 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    There is no direct way to do so.

    You can create two sites one with oob template and one with customized template and then you can compare them to find any difference.


    Thanks, Rahul Rashu
    • Marked as answer by Soumya B Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:40 PM
    Monday, November 7, 2011 11:15 AM
  • Alright Qiao and Rahul. Thanks for taking time to reply. Seems like no step by step way. Rahul, you said to compare "them". Do you mean compare the look of the site? Or Site Templates are represented in terms of a file and we can compare the oob file with the cutomized site's file?
    Thanks, Soumya
    Monday, November 7, 2011 12:58 PM
  • Hi,

    Comparing templates is very difficult in the second way. I mean to check look and feel and all lists, libraies, webparts, groups, permission level

    etc.

    I hope this will help you out


    Thanks, Rahul Rashu
    Monday, November 7, 2011 1:16 PM
  • What exactly are you looking to see has been customised?

    If you're looking for custom webparts, then looking in the webparts gallery or your site collection features will tell you that, or the web part gallery.

    If you believe you've got some templates (site, list or library) then looking in the galleries under Site Collection Administration should reveal something.

    You can also inspect various Hive/12 directories but you'd need to be familiar with what's included here on a default installation.


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/
    • Marked as answer by Soumya B Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:40 PM
    Monday, November 7, 2011 1:40 PM
    Answerer
  • Thanks Steven. I am not looking for web parts. Or I should say that's not the main focus area. I think I am looking for some templates. I am looking to know if any masterpage has been customized. I am looking to find whether the OOS site template has itself been modified. I have a slightly customized MOSS 2007 site that has no documentation about customization. So, I am trying to anticipate possible pitfalls before migration to SP 2010 so that I don't miss anything. Especially, if someone has changed something in 12 hive which will not move with migration.

    As I see from all who answered, there is no short and quick way to go about this. I guess it's better to upgrade and thoroughly test things to find any gaps.


    Thanks, Soumya
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:40 PM