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MOSS 2007 Staging and Production server setups

  Asked By: Johanna    Date: Jul 26    Category: MOSS    Views: 1680

Do most people have MOSS 2007 staging AND production server setups?
We have that in our environment for our company intranet, but are not
sure what the best practice is for their use. We migrated content
from SharePoint 2003 to MOSS 2007 on our staging. Then we used
stsadmin backup and restore to move content from our MOSS 2007 staging
to our MOSS 2007 production server. From this point forward, is the
production server and the staging server supposed to synchronize with
each other and if so, how? Or is staging used only for testing
(custom templates, etc) and production is used for content updates
provided by our users.

I guess my question is that we heard that a SharePoint environment is
supposed to have staging and production servers, but are not too clear
as to the role of each.



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Timmy Whitney     Answered On: Jul 26

The one thing staging  hardware would provide would be
a seperate environment to validation service packs and
patch deployments. VM's could also server  this
purpose to an extent, but you wouldn't have a
completely identical comparison to look at after all's
been done.

A large amount of staging can actually be accomplished
through the MOSS 2007 content management system. You
can set up n-tier environments with workflow and
versioning to support whatever type of QA process you
wish to enact.

There is not native synchronization between the two
environments that you speak of. You would have to do
this through batch jobs utilizing file copies or
perhaps SQL DTS jobs. That being said, I recommend you
get the most use out of your staging hardware that you
can as it is an important investment!

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