Move and migrate servers and server farms (Office SharePoint Server 2007)

SharePoint 2007

Updated: April 2, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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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 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 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 Office SharePoint Server 2007.

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 Office SharePoint Server 2007 farm in a test environment and want to transition to a production environment that uses similar hardware, use the Move to another farm (Office SharePoint Server 2007) procedure.

Changing from 32-bit to 64-bit hardware is a migration process. You might have to change to 64-bit hardware if you plan to upgrade to run Office SharePoint Server 2007 in a Windows Server 2008 environment. To change to 64-bit hardware, use the Migrate an existing server farm to a 64-bit environment (Office SharePoint Server 2007) procedure.

If you have run out of space on a current database server, you can move the databases to a new, larger disk.