Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 (MCMS 2002) assessment tool

The MCMS 2002 assessment tool is an application that collects data for a site created with Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) 2002. The user can utilize the CMS Assessment Tool to assess an MCMS 2002 site to determine the level of work required to migrate the site to Microsoft Office SharePoint. This tool was previously available for download on the Microsoft site, but as the technology is ancient, the tool is no longer available. I was recently approached by a colleague who happened to be working for a customer on a project to migrate from MCMS 2002 to SharePoint online and therefore was looking for an assessment tool. It was surprising to find that this MCMS 2002 is being used today, even after so many years being unsupported. I was able to download the assessment tool using the Wayback machine (Google it :) ) and I'm uploading the tool here for the benefit of others who may come across a similar situation.

The CMS Assessment Tool helps identify valuable information that can help you plan for issues that might arise when you migrate an application from the MCMS 2002 platform to Office SharePoint Server 2007.

The CMS Assessment Tool is a read-only tool that does not change your source code or the MCMS Content Repository. If inline code exists inside the .aspx files, the tool compiles the .aspx files into assemblies and places the compiled assemblies into the temp directory. However, the functionality of an MCMS Web site remains unchanged.

Important - The CMS Assessment Tool analyzes and reports only on managed code. Scripts written in Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) contained in your application used for content deployment are not captured in these reports.

This tool gathers the following information:

  • Lists of template files in MCMS 2002 and which MCMS features they use. Templates are a very important code asset. The CMS Assessment Tool lists the template files and provides information to identify the MCMS features they use. From this information, you can determine the level of effort required to migrate each template.
  • Information about your current infrastructure. This information can help you determine whether that infrastructure can support a side-by-side installation of SharePoint Server 2007.
  • Enumerated characteristics of the information on your MCMS Content Repository. The tool lists characteristics that are not supported in SharePoint Server 2007.
  • Statistics about your MCMS users and roles, resources, channels, and postings.
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