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Move an SSP to another farm (Office SharePoint Server 2007)

Office 2007

Updated: October 9, 2008

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2008-10-09

Use these procedures to migrate a Shared Services Provider (SSP) from one server farm to another. Reasons that you might want to migrate an SSP include the following:

  • Moving a set of Web applications from one domain to another.

  • Splitting the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 functions across two server farms within a domain.

  • Moving the SSP from a development environment to the live server farm.

Migrating an SSP consists of the following five basic steps:

  1. Back up the original SSP.

  2. Restore the SSP to the new farm.

  3. Restore SSP associations and configure the SSP.

  4. If you are migrating the default SSP, configure the restored SSP on the new farm to be the default.

  5. Delete the original SSP.

Migrate an SSP

Use the following procedures to migrate an SSP.

When preparing to migrate an SSP, ensure the following:

  • There is a backup folder on the network in which to store your SSP backup file that is accessible from both the old and new server farms. For more information, see Prepare to back up and restore a farm (Office SharePoint Server 2007).

  • On the farm from which you are migrating the SSP, you are logged on to the server that is running the SharePoint Central Administration Web site.

  • If you are migrating more than one SSP, the default SSP should be the first SSP that you move. After the migration of the default SSP is complete, assign the new SSP to be the default. For more information about how to assign a default SSP, see Manage SSPs in a farm (Office SharePoint Server).

ImportantImportant:
  • Perform the following procedure on the farm from which the SSP is migrating.

  • Membership in the Farm Administrators SharePoint group is the minimum required to complete the following procedure. You must also be a member of the db_backupoperator fixed database role on each database that you are backing up.

  • The SSP content databases might be on a different database server than the SSP database.

Back up the SSP

  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, on the Operations page, in the Backup and Restore section, click Perform a backup.

  2. On the Select Component to Backup page, select the check boxes for the SSP that you want to back up, and then click Continue to Backup Options. Verify that all associated databases are automatically checked. For information about how to back up databases separately from the SSP, see Back up databases (Office SharePoint Server).

  3. On the Select Backup Options page:

    • In the Backup Content section, verify that the SSP that you selected is displayed.

    • In the Type of Backup section, select Full.

    • In the Backup File Location section, type the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of the backup folder.

  4. Click OK.

    You can view the backup job status on the status page by clicking Refresh. The page also refreshes every 30 seconds automatically. Backup and recovery use the Windows SharePoint Services Timer Service to schedule jobs. Therefore, it may take few seconds for the backup to start.

    If you receive any errors, you can find more information by viewing the spbackup.log at the UNC path that you specified in the previous step.

ImportantImportant:

Membership in the Farm Administrators SharePoint group is the minimum required to complete the following procedure. You must also be a member of the dbcreator fixed server role on the database server where each database is stored. The SSP content databases might be on a different database server than the SSP database.

Also, the account that you use to restore the SSP to the new server farm should be a member of the Administrators group on the local database server computer to which the SSP database is being restored. Otherwise, site permissions might not be transferred during recovery and the restored Web applications might be inaccessible.

Perform the following procedure on the farm to which you are migrating the SSP.

Restore the SSP to the new farm

  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, on the Operations page, in the Backup and Restore section, click Restore from backup.

  2. On the Select Backup Location page, in the Backup File Location section, specify UNC path of the backup folder that contains the SSP that you want to migrate, and then click OK.

  3. On the Select Backup Package to Restore page, select the backup file that you want to use to restore, and then click Continue Restore Process.

  4. On the Select Component to Restore page, select the SSP you want to restore, and then click Continue Restore Process.

  5. On the Select Restore Options page:

    1. In the Restore Component section, verify that the SSP that you selected is displayed.

    2. In the Restore Options section, select Same configuration. A message is displayed that notifies you that the current farm will be overwritten. Click OK.

    3. In the New Names section, type new names and URLs for each component, or accept the default values.

  6. Click OK.

ImportantImportant:

Membership in the Farm Administrators SharePoint group is the minimum required to complete the following procedure.

The following procedure is to be performed on the farm to which you are migrating the SSP.

Restore SSP associations and configure the SSP

  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, on the Application Management page, in the Office SharePoint Server Shared Services section, click Create or configure this farm’s shared services.

  2. On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, click Restore SSP.

  3. In the SSP Name section, type a name for the restored SSP, and then on the Web application list, click the Web application that you want to host the administration site for the restored SSP.

    If you want to create a new Web application to host the administration site for the restored SSP, click Create a new Web application. For more information about how to create Web applications, see Create or extend a Web application (Office SharePoint Server).

    The SSP Administration Site URL box is automatically populated with the URL of the administration site.

  4. In the My Site Location section:

    • To continue to use the existing My Sites location, verify that the Use the existing location from the SSP check box is selected.

    • To host My Sites from a different Web application, clear the Use the existing location from the SSP check box, and then select a Web application on the Web application list.

      If you want to create a new Web application to host My Sites, click Create a new Web application. For more information about how to create Web applications, see Create or extend a Web application (Office SharePoint Server).

      Type a relative URL for the My Site location.

  5. In the SSP Service Credentials section, type the user name and password that will be used by SSP Web services for communications between servers and for the Windows SharePoint Services Timer service when it runs timer jobs in the SSP.

  6. In the SSP Database section, type the name of the database server or use the default (recommended), and then type the name of the database.

    Under Database authentication, select one of the following:

    • Windows authentication (recommended)

    • SQL authentication. If you select this, type the account credentials in the Account and Password boxes.

  7. In the Search Database section, type the name of the database server or use the default (recommended), and then type the name of the search database.

    Under Database authentication, select one of the following:

    • Windows authentication (recommended)

    • SQL authentication. If you select this, type the account credentials in the Account and Password boxes.

  8. In the Index Server section, do the following:

    1. Click an index server on the Index Server list, or use the default.

    2. Type the path of the index server that will be used by the restored SSP to crawl content, or use the default.

      NoteNote:

      Changing the index server does not move the index. To move an index, you must use the Stsadm command-line tool.

  9. If you want to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to protect communications to and from Web services, in the SSL for Web Services section, select Yes.

  10. Click OK.

ImportantImportant:
  • Perform the following procedure only if you want the SSP that you are migrating to be the default SSP.

  • Perform the following procedure on the farm to which you are migrating the SSP.

  • Membership in the Farm Administrators SharePoint group is the minimum required to complete the following procedure.

Configure the restored SSP to be the default SSP

  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, on the Application Management page, in the Office SharePoint Server Shared Services section, click Create or configure this farm’s shared services.

  2. On the Manage This Farm's Shared Services page, click Change Default SSP.

  3. On the Change Default Shared Services Provider page, on the SSP Name list, click the SSP that you want to set as the default SSP. For more information, see Manage SSPs in a farm (Office SharePoint Server).

  4. Click OK.

  5. A warning screen appears. To continue, click OK.

ImportantImportant:
  • Perform the following procedure on the farm from which you are migrating the SSP.

  • Membership in the Administrators group on the local computer is the minimum required to complete the following procedure.

  • Before deleting the original SSP, be sure that the new SSP is running correctly and that all content was transferred.

Delete the original SSP

  1. On the drive on which SharePoint Products and Technologies is installed, change to the following directory: %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft shared\Web server extensions\12\Bin.

  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER: stsadm -o deletessp -title <SSP name> -deletedatabases -force For more information, see Deletessp: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server).

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