Bug shuts down Microsoft's SharePoint
An update to Microsoft’s business server software goes wrong, causing it to shut down after 180 days of use.
Jeff Teper, corporate vice president at Microsoft SharePoint, said that Service Pack 2 (SP2) deployed for SharePoint Server 2007 had a bug.
The error improperly activated a product end date and meant that the copy of SharePoint expired as a trial installation 180 days after SP2 was deployed.
Teper said on SharePoint's official blog that the software would not be affected until after the 180 days were up.
He said: "Furthermore, product expiration 180 days after SP2 installation will not affect customer's data, configuration or application code, but will render SharePoint inaccessible for end-users."
Teper said that Microsoft was working on a hotfix to automatically fix the problem, which also affects Project Server 2007, Form Server 2007, Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express.
There was also a manual workaround involving customers re-entering their product ID number.
In March, Microsoft offered hosted versions of Microsoft Sharepoint as well as Exchange.
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