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Creating default SharePoint groups for upgraded sites

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint


I am doing some testing in preparation for a DB attach upgrade from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010, and I've run across a bunch of old sites that do not have the default Owners, Members, and Visitors groups. Without those groups (specifically, without Members) we won't be able to take full advantage of the My Sites Memberships page. 

I noticed, though, that when I "Enable Enterprise Features" for all current sites from within Central Administration, sometimes those groups get created on a site that didn't have them before. I've done this on a few different environments and it doesn't seem to always create those groups. Now, I didn't think I had to run Enable Enterprise Features because our 2007 environment was Enterprise, but then I realized some of the sites were created back in SharePoint 2003 and enterprise features might never have been run on the sites when it was upgraded to MOSS 2007. 

So the question: is running Enable Enterprise Features for current sites supposed to create the default groups if they don't exist (along with everything else it does)? Is that the recommended way to get groups made for all sites so site admins/owners can add people to that new Members group which allows the users to visit their My Site page to view all the sites they are members of?


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