We have an on-premises SharePoint 2013 and we want to migrate/upgrade it to SharePoint 2016. so which approach we need to follow? Migrating the farm or upgrading it and why?

Second question, if we have Farm solutions (including Event Receivers) & Sandbox solutions inside SharePoint 2013 will they work as-is inside SharePoint 2016?


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You would be better off upgrading to SharePoint 2019 or even SharePoint Server Subscription Edition.

Mainstream support for SharePoint 2016 ended in 2021 and the extended support ends in 2026.

  • the customer might consider this in the future.. my question is about moving from 2013 to 2016 .. and i am asking if we should consider upgrading or migrating?
    – John John
    Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 12:11
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    My advice is not to migrate/upgrade to a version of SharePoint that is out of mainstream support. Upgrading between versions of SP is usually better, since database migrations usually have a much higher percentage of success (usually 100%) where as file migrations can involve more errors. Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 14:30

From my experience is always better to migrate. For one particular reason, it will give you a clean slate.

No software product is perfect, and same goes for OS, having a fresh clean install of OS and SP Binaries goes a long way of clearing many small issues that are happening on OS patched over long time.

I tried only one in place upgrade and had a lot of issues, and switched to migration in the end.

  • but is doing migration the more standard way? so we do not have to worry about any issues and redeployment of the custom solutions?
    – John John
    Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 12:52
  • You will always have to worry about custom solutions (and it doesn´t matter if you are doing in place or migration), You will need to either upgrade them or make them work in compatibility mode. Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 15:24
  • We are currently migrating large custom solution from SP2013 to SP2019 and it took us 1FTE 2 months to rebuild it. Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 15:27

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