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ControlPoint 8.8.1 - Advanced Installation Guide

Launching ControlPoint

Use one of the following options to start the ControlPoint application.

From your workstation browser:

Enter http://<server_machine_name>:<port_number> or <host_name>/_layouts/axceler/xcMain.aspx.

(The server machine name is the name of the machine on which ControlPoint is installed.  1818 is the default port number for the ControlPoint Web application.)

NOTE:  If you are a ControlPoint Application Administrator logging in for the first time, complete the login screen using the account that was designated as the ControlPoint Site Collection Administrator account at the time the ControlPoint application was installed.

From the server on which ControlPoint is installed:

1Log into the server using the account that was designated as the ControlPoint Service Account at the time the ControlPoint application was installed.

2From the Windows Start menu, choose Metalogix > ControlPoint > Launch ControlPoint Application or click the Launch ControlPoint desktop icon.

Upgrading from a Previous Version of ControlPoint

If you are upgrading from an earlier version of ControlPoint, the upgrade process is the same as that for First Time Installation and Configuration, with the following exceptions:

·After installing the new files, you will be given the option to Upgrade ControlPoint.

CP Installer UPGRADE

·The license key, ControlPoint Service (xcAdmin) database, and ControlPoint Configuration site will be retained and updated.

·You will be unable to overwrite the ControlPoint Service Account or connection string.

NOTE:  If you need to update the connection string after an upgrade, you can do so via the ControlPoint Configuration Setting SQL Server Connection String for xcAdmin Database (xcAdmin ConnectionString).  Refer to the ControlPoint Administration Guide for details.]

Additional caveats depend on the version you are upgrading from, as described in the following table.

If you are upgrading from version ...

Then ...

8.6 or earlier

if you previously ran Discovery using the SharePoint timer job  to run (which has been removed as of version 8.7), you will need to configure the Discovery Service.

8.4 or earlier

if you are upgrading ControlPoint Sensitive Content Manager Service, version 2.0 or later of Metalogix Sensitive Content Manager must be also be installed if you want to continue to use it.  

8.1 or earlier

Discovery and Sensitive Content Manager Services will be recreated in the folder C:\Program Files\Metalogix\ControlPoint\ControlPointFeatures\Services, and all settings will be preserved.

8.0 or earlier

·installed files, which formerly resided in a folder called AxcelerFeature, will be placed in a folder called ControlPoint Features.

·if you installed ControlPoint into an existing Web application, it is no longer necessary to use a separate, scripted installation kit to perform an upgrade.

Updating the xcAdmin Database After SharePoint Has Been Upgraded via a "Database Attach"

If your SharePoint environment has been upgraded using the "database attach" method, you can use the ControlPoint Database Recovery utility to make data that has been collected in the ControlPoint Service (xcAdmin) database available for use in the upgraded environment.  The utility accomplishes this by mapping Farm- and Web Application-level GUIDs in the original environment to those in the upgraded environment.

In order to perform this procedure, Discovery must have been run on both the source and upgraded farms.  Instructions can be found in the Metalogix ControlPoint Administration Guide.

Data That Can Be Recovered

For any portion of the farm on which the ControlPoint Discovery job has been run, the utility can recover:

·historical information, including site collection storage and activity

·definitions of ControlPoint Policies

NOTE:  It will be necessary to re-register those policies, which will enable the event handlers that actually perform the enforcement.

·Group associations used by the Manage (Linked) SharePoint Groups operation.

NOTE:  Associated (linked) group will continue to display in ControlPoint, regardless of whether the content database in which they reside has been migrated.

·Information reported in the ControlPoint Task Audit.

·Scheduled ControlPoint operations.


§Scheduled jobs to restore permissions will remain but will fail because permissions backups are not recovered.

§Set Site Properties operations will run if the operation includes the setting of icons or theme.

§For Set List Properties operations, the template URL may not be properly reset for the new environment.

§Any job that references content that has not been migrated will fail until that content that has been migrated.

Data That Cannot Be Recovered

The utility will not recover the following:

·User-specific information (such as last temporary location use in Copy/Move operations).

·Permissions backups.


Before running the ControlPoint Database Recovery Utility, ensure that:

·the upgraded farm has been created

·ControlPoint has been installed and configured on the upgraded farm (with the existing xcAdmin database specified as the ControlPoint Service (xcAdmin) Database)

·The xcAdmin database is accessible to software running on the upgraded farm

·The content databases for which you want to run the utility have been attached and imported

NOTE:  If you are attaching content databases in stages, the utility can be re-run as needed.  Remember to also run Manage ControlPoint Licenses for newly attached content databases.

·ControlPoint Discovery has been run on all portions of the upgraded farm for which you want to recover xcAdmin data

The utility assumes that if more than one content database is associated with a Web application, those content databases will continue to be associated with the same Web application.  If content databases are reorganized or regrouped, the utility will not work properly.

To run the ControlPoint Database Recovery Utility:

1Launch a browser session and enter the following url:


where <server_name> is the name of either the server you are upgrading to or the server you are upgrading from and <port_number> is the number of the port that hosts the ControlPoint Web application (1818 is the ControlPoint default value).

CP DB Recovery

2From the Current Farm drop-down, select the farm to which content databases have been imported (that is, the upgraded farm)..


NOTE:  If the upgraded farm does not appear in the drop-down, make sure that:

§the ControlPoint Service (xcAdmin) database of the old farm has been designated as the Database Server for the upgraded farm, and

§Discovery has been run on some portion of the upgraded farm.

3From the Recovered Farm drop-down, select the farm from which the content databases were imported.


Two sets of drop-downs display, which enable you to map Web applications in the old farm with corresponding Web applications in the upgraded farm.

CP DB Recovery WAP drop-downs

4For each Web application whose ControlPoint xcAdmin data you want to recover, map the Current Web Application to its corresponding Recovered Web Application.

CP DB Recovery WAP drop-downs

Note that the Recovered Farm list may include the names of Web applications that no longer exist.

5When you have finished mapping Web applications, click [Run Now].

Note that it may take some time for the progress indicator to appear.  When the operation is completed, a ControlPoint Task Audit is generated for the action and displays in the Results section.


Moving ControlPoint to A Different Web Front-End Server

If the need arises to move the ControlPoint application from the Web front-end server on which it was originally installed (for example, the machine may have become nonoperational or is being decomissioned), you can install it on a different Web front-end server using the following procedure.

To move ControlPoint to a different Web front-end server:

1In Central Administration, change the url in the default zone for the ControlPoint Web application to a url that includes the new machine name and port number that has already been specified for the ControlPoint Web application (1818 is the ControlPoint default).

Move ControlPoint EDIT URL

NOTE:  It is important to complete this step before installing on the new Web front-end to allow the installer to recognize that the Web application that hosts the ControlPoint Configuration Site Collection exists within the context of the new machine name.

2Install, configure, and activate ControlPoint on the new Web front-end using the instructions for First Time Installation and Configuration.  Provide all of the same information used for the original installation— Service Account credentials, port number, location of the ControlPoint Service database, and so on.

The installer will find and re-use the existing ControlPoint Configuration site and ControlPoint Service (xcAdmin) database, so all settings and historical data will be preserved.


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