FIM 2010 R2 upgrades and Sharepoint RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    Just would like to follow up on upgrading FIM 2010 RTM to FIM 2010 R2:

    • I understand that we can do an in-place upgrade on the FIM Sync Server
    • I understand that we can do an in-place upgrade on the FIM Service & Portal Server...and we can continue to run on WSS 3.0? And there is no actual requirement to upgrade to Sharepoint Foundation?

    If WSS is to be changed to Sharepoint Foundation, then we are talking about exporting the FIM Portal config, unistalling WSS, installing Sharepoint Foundation and importing the FIM Portal config - is this correct? Or can you do an in-place upgrade from WSS3.0 to Sharepoint Foundation on the FIM Service & Portal Server?

    Thank you,


    • Edited by D Wind Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:17 AM
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:15 AM

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  • I've did some in-place upgrades from WSS to SharePoint Foundation and then updating Portal. It works and you can follow this way :)

    Other solution:

    You can run installator in "change" mode, uninstall FIMPortal (and leave FIMService!), then uninstall WSS, install SharePoint and then re-run installator and select FIMPortal once again. You don't have to export FIM config then :)

    Keep trying

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:33 AM
  • There is no requirement for using SharePoint foundation 2013.
    You can keep WSS if you want to.

    Now, be careful J, not supported is not the same as “doesn’t work”.
    It just means, if something breaks while you are doing something that is not supported – well, don’t blame us…

    An in-place upgrade of a FIM installation from WSS to SharePoint Foundation 2013 is not supported.

    The supported method requires you to uninstall FIM and WSS, and then to configure SharePoint 2013 using these steps:

    • Install SharePoint 2013
    • Do not run the configuration wizard in SharePoint Central Administration after installing SharePoint, because it will create a default site collection with SharePoint 15 compatibility mode while FIM only supports 14. If you’ve mistakenly created one via the wizard, delete the SharePoint application and site collection created by the wizard.
    • One of the prerequisites for running FIM on SP2013 is that you're required to have a SharePoint application with claims-based authentication off as the FIM portal only supports classic-mode authentication. Therefore, you will need to create your SharePoint application via Powershell instead of using the SharePoint Central Administration portal:
      New-SpWebApplication -Name "FIM SharePoint Web Application" -ApplicationPool "FIMAppPool" -AuthenticationMethod "Kerberos" -ApplicationPoolAccount $adminManagedAccount -Port 80 -URL
    • Once you have created that SharePoint application via Powershell, navigate to the SharePoint Central Administration Portal and create the default site collection for that SharePoint application. In the site collection creation UI, you'll see an "experience mode" combo box which you can set to either 2010 or 2013, effectively setting the CompatibilityLevel to 14 or 15. Make sure you set it the experience mode to 2010.
    • After you have followed these steps, don't forget to turn off the server-side viewstate and self-service upgrades as per

    I will update our documentation and add this scenario to it.


    Markus Vilcinskas, Knowledge Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    • Marked as answer by D Wind Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:07 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by D Wind Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:12 AM
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:52 PM
  • Thank you Markus, look forward to the document.

    When you say "The supported method requires you to uninstall FIM and WSS, and then to configure SharePoint 2013"

    Do you mean 'uninstall FIM Service AND Portal' or 'uninstall JUST the FIM Portal' leaving the Service intact so the Portal config is retained?


    • Edited by D Wind Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:13 AM
    Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:07 AM
  • I recently upgraded to SharePoint Foundation 2013 when going to FIM 2010 R2 SP1 and from what I discovered, there's only one reason to go to SharePoint Foundation 2013 and that is because until SP2 is released for Windows SharePoint Foundation 2010, SPF2010 is not supported on Windows Server 2012. So if you're running on Server 2012, you will need to run SPF2013.

    Otherwise, there's no value that I can see in SPF2013, and indeed you have to deal with the fact that classic Windows Authentication has been deprecated in this release, which FIM relies on, so you need to do everything via the Management Shell to avoid the default Claims Based Authentication being applied.

    And in answer to your question... yes, WSS 3.0 is supported by FIM 2010 R2 SP1.

    However, note that when I went from FIM 2010 (pre-R2) -> FIM 2010 R2 SP1, my FIM Portal got uninstalled somehow, so I ended up just upgrading to SPF2013 anyway.

    - Ross Currie | MCTS: FIM 2010 | Now Offering ECMA1->ECMA2 Upgrade Services

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:53 AM