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Review system requirements for upgrade (Windows SharePoint Services)

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Updated: December 1, 2006

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

 

Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-17

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Not only do you need to meet the system requirements to run the new version, but your system must have the appropriate processor power and memory to run the upgrade process. Before you begin the upgrade process, make sure your system meets the recommendations below for your servers.

CautionCaution:
It is important that your hardware meets these recommendations; otherwise, you may run into issues during the upgrade process. For example, if your database server does not have enough memory or processor power, it may not be able to keep up with the number of transactions that occur during the upgrade process, and the upgrade may fail with an error and a comment in the upgrade log. The Upgrade.log file is located at %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\LOGS. If you experience problems with your hardware capacity, you can increase the capacity, and then try running the upgrade again by using the following command on the command line:
stsadm -o upgrade
For more information about running upgrade from the command line, see Upgrade sites (Windows SharePoint Services).

For more information about system requirements, see Determine hardware and software requirements (Windows SharePoint Services) in the Planning Guide.

To learn about the process of mapping your solution design to a farm size and set of hardware that will support your business goals, see Plan for performance and capacity (Windows SharePoint Services).

ImportantImportant:
It is important to track the three resource components for a server running SQL Server: CPU, memory, and I/O subsystem. When one or more of the components seem at capacity, analyze the appropriate course of action based on the current and projected work load, and determine whether to add more resources or to scale out to a new server running SQL Server. In general, we recommend that you consider scaling out, in addition to adding more resources.
We recommend that you deploy an additional server running SQL Server when you have more than four fully loaded, front-end Web servers.

You can install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a single computer by either choosing Basic, or choosing Advanced and then selecting Stand-alone in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Setup.

The following table lists the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for deploying Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, including the deployment of Windows Internal Database, for a stand-alone installation.

 

Component Minimum Recommended

Processor

2.5 gigahertz (GHz)

Dual processors that are each 3 GHz or faster

RAM

1 gigabyte (GB)

2 GB

Disk

NTFS file system–formatted partition with a minimum of 3 GB of free space

NTFS file system–formatted partition with 3 GB of free space plus adequate free space for your Web sites

Drive

DVD drive

DVD drive or the source copied to a local or network-accessible drive

Display

1024x768

1024x768 or higher resolution monitor

Network

56 kilobits per second (Kbps) connection between client computers and server

56 Kbps or faster connection between client computers and server

The primary difference between a single server and a server farm topology is that you can use one or more computers to host the following server roles:

  • Front-end Web server

  • Database server

This section details the minimum and recommended system requirements for each server role. If you install more than one role onto a single computer, ensure that the computer meets the minimum requirements for both roles.

The following table lists the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for deploying a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 front-end Web server.

 

Component Minimum Recommended

Processor

2.5 GHz

Dual processors that are each 3 GHz or faster

RAM

2 GB

More than 2 GB

Disk

NTFS file system–formatted partition with a minimum of 3 GB of free space

NTFS file system–formatted partition with 3 GB of free space plus adequate free space for your data storage requirements

Drive

DVD drive

DVD drive or the source copied to a local or network-accessible drive

Display

1024x768

1024x768 or higher resolution monitor

Network

  • 56 Kbps connection between client computers and server

  • For connections between computers in your server farm, 100 megabits per second (Mbps) connection

  • 56 Kbps or faster connection between client computers and server

  • For connections between computers in your server farm, 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) connection

Use the Upgrade server requirements worksheet (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=76765&clcid=0x409) to determine if you need to increase your server capacity before upgrade.

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