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Moving WSS from one server to another

  Asked By: Krysta    Date: Mar 12    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1051

we need urgent help, its like an SOS, we have a WSS
installation on a server, and the db is on that server as well, now
that server is about to die due to hardware issues, so we need to move
the old WSS installation with its database to a new server, please
tell me how can i do it.

till now what i have done is that i am taking backups of both the
config and content databases, and also taking backup using the
stsadm.exe tool, backup i ssuccessful, but when i go into restoring
it, i get so many issues, please tell me what is to be done to restore
this successfully, guys its an emergency i would be os much thankful
to all of you.........



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Jagat Pandit     Answered On: Mar 12

Remember one thing when you are doing Backup and
Restore in Sharepoint. Your SP and hot fixes should be
the same on both servers.

Microsoft has come up with lot of post SP1 hot fixes
for Sharepoint. If you have applied any of those hot
fixes on your old server  you will have to apply those
Hot Fixes on the new server.

Let me know if you need more information on this.

Answer #2    Answered By: Jerod Carrillo     Answered On: Mar 12

I ran into similar kind of issue with back up and restore.
Currently there are 3 service packs/hot fixes for SPS and WSS.
1.WSS service pack1
2.SPS portal server  service pack1
3.Security update for WSS

Make sure that, you update your source machine with all these patches. Then
take a backup. Update the destination machine with these 3 patches. Restore the
portal then.
This process worked for me.

Answer #3    Answered By: Hema Pasupuleti     Answered On: Mar 12

Not sure if my earlier message came through. But if you have installed
any hot fixes on the old computer and not installed hotfixes on the new
machine then your backup  and restore of Sharepoint won't work. You need
to have the same environment on both machines to make the backup and
restore work.

Let me know if you need more information.

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