How Do Get Solutions Files From Existing SharePoint Farm?

When upgrading I found that we were missing copies of one or more solution. As well, sometimes you bring up a new dev box, and you’re like well how do we get all the solutions to mirror what’s in the new dev environment. Well, how do I get them out of there?

For SharePoint 2007

Came across a great tool on MSDN for being able to pull down your solutions from your SharePoint 2007 environment. It will drop all your WSPs in a folder. It’s a simple command line tool in a single executable, so dependencies and other logic make this the most simple and clean solution I’ve come across.

Example: SharePointFarmSolutionExtractor.exe -extractAll c:SharePointSolutions

For SharePoint 2010

I hear that it’s as easy as doing a config based backup and grabbing out the solution, but it may not be as easy as it sounds. Eli Van Eenwyk shares in a few lines of powershell that it isn’t too tough in SharePoint 2010 to get what you’re looking for.

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Joel Oleson

SharePoint and Office 365 MVP Office Apps and Services + RD and Former Microsoft Product Manager at Microsoft and original Architect of the first version of SharePoint Online... Joel is a Technology Evangelist who loves to travel. He lives in Oceanside California. Currently a Free Agent... find me on linked in. He frequently Speaks at conferences, delivers webinars, and helps customers with their strategy and adoption.

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