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How to Deploy a SharePoint 2010 Farm Solution

by on January 30, 2013

Deploying a Farm Solution actually has a number of steps, but can be a fairly simple process if you know what you are doing.

Add the Solution to the Farm


  1. start > all programs > Microsoft 2010 Products
  2. Click on SharePoint 2010 Management Shell
  3. Type: add-SPSolution –LiteralPath \mysolution.wspimage
  4. The branding will be Added at this point but not Deployed

NOTE: Replace the path with your actual path to the .wsp, but make sure you prepend the “\” as needed.

Deploy the Solution to the Farm

  1. CA > System Settings > Farm Management > Manage Farm Solutions
  2. Click on the link to the solution you Added, this will open the solution properties page which has links to Deploy and Remove solutions as well as displaying solution information.
  3. Click on Deploy Solutionimage
  4. Set the Deploy When option as desired, for minimal interruption of service, you may choose to deploy at a specified low usage time, such as 2:00 am – you will also see information on where it can and cannot be deployed to:image
  5. Click ok
  6. The solutions management page should now show deployment statusimage

Activate the New Feature on the Site Collection

You will likely need to activate the feature on individual site collections.

  1. Site Collection > Root Site
  2. Site Actions > Site Settings
  3. Site Collection Administration > Site Collection Features
  4. Find the feature and click on the Activate buttonimage
  5. Your feature should now be active and the additional functionality either working or available to use (for example, custom web parts and master pages)image
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