Microsoft KB Archive/928305

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Scalable hosting mode sites are inaccessible after you detach and reattach an upgraded Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 content database

Article ID: 928305

Article Last Modified on 5/14/2007


  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


Consider the following scenario. You configure a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 farm environment in scalable hosting mode. To do this, you run the following command at the command prompt:

stsadm.exe -o setconfigdb -hh

You create new site collections, and you associate the new site collections with host headers (-hh). Then, you upgrade the Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 farm environment to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

In this scenario, you cannot access any of the scalable hosting sites if you detach and then reattach the content database that was upgraded to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.


This issue occurs if the upgraded content database contained scalable hosting mode sites. In this case, the HostHeader column in the content database sites table may contain a NULL value instead of the URL of the host header. When the content database is attached to the Web application, the scalable hosted sites that contain NULL values in the HostHeader column are inaccessible.


To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain a Microsoft SQL Server script that updates the affected content database.

For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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