Extracting WSPs from MOSS

Currently in the middle of a MOSS 2007 -> SharePoint 2010 migration and there is a lot of cruft in the existing configuration.  I think that a lot of it can be removed, but you never actually know until you have migrated successfully.  Since time is of the essence and I could waste of lot it rewriting WSP files and solutions that aren’t needed, it is much more useful to try extracting the existing solutions out of SharePoint.  I had done this many moons ago as part of an upgrade from SP1, but it required a Console App and some custom code.  Thankfully, the MOSS farm was on SP2 and the server had Powershell installed.  A swift Googling led me to the following Powershell script:

Start-Transcript "c:\wsp\transcript.txt"
$solutions = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPFarm]::Local.Solutions;
foreach ($solution in $solutions) {
   $solution.SolutionFile.SaveAs("c:\wsp\" + $solution.Name);


Which works perfectly.  So massive hat tip to Ben Leach.

PowerShell is swiftly becoming one of the best things Microsoft ever did.


Posted on November 21, 2012, in SharePoint and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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