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Move and migrate servers and server farms (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0)

Office 2007

Updated: April 2, 2009

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

 

Topic Last Modified: 2009-03-30

This topic contains the information that is required to help you select and plan hardware and software changes to a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 deployment. There are three specific paths that you can take to change a farm:

  • Move   Use the procedures for moving a farm or components when you are changing to different hardware. For example, use these procedures if you move to computers that have faster processors or larger hard disks.

  • Migrate   Use the procedures for migrating a farm or components when you are changing to a different platform or operating system. For example, use these procedures if you change from Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008.

  • Upgrade   Use the procedures for upgrading a farm or components when you are changing to a different version of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

The following examples can help you understand the differences between moving, migrating, and upgrading:

Changing from a test farm environment to a production environment involves moving a farm. If you have set up a new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 farm in a test environment and want to transition to a production environment that uses similar hardware, use the Move to another farm (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0) procedure.

If you have run out of space on a current database server, you can move the databases to a new, larger disk. To use Windows Internal Database to move databases, use the Move Windows Internal Databases to a different drive (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0) procedure.

If you are using Windows Internal Database to manage databases, you can migrate to SQL Server 2005 by using the Migrate content databases from Windows Internal Database to an instance of SQL Server (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0) procedure.

The following article provides information to help you migrate a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 farm, databases, and other components:

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