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Article ID: 941142 - Last Review: January 15, 2015 - Revision: 2.0

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You are using a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005. When you upgrade from Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 or from Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, the upgrade process fails. Additionally, the following error is logged in the Upgrade.log file:
Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPContentDatabaseSequence failed

Execution of a full-text operation failed. The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.


This problem occurs because the NTLM Security Support Provider (NTLMSSP) service does not exist in Windows Server 2008. However, the full-text search service in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and in SharePoint Server 2007 depends on the NTLMSSP service.


To work around this problem, install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack (SP2). For more information about SQL Server 2005 SP2, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, when used with:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
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