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Transferring content of sharpoint Portal Server 2003 to another SPS

  Asked By: Anish    Date: Aug 17    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1294

I'm trying to transfer the content of Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 to
another. I remember a consultant helped in transferring and it was as
easy as 123. but somehow i 'm not getting the same results. he backed
up the databases of the live portal _site, _serv and _port dbs.
copied the files under C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft
shared\web server extensions\60 and C:\Program Files\Sharepoint Portal
Server\Data and moved the copied files to the second server which had
new install of sharepoint. and copied the db content from the 1st to
the second Sharepoint's Database. Voila and it worked. now when i try
doing the same i am getting cannot find file. Could some one help me in
this direction.

Database backup and restore doesn't help. can you suggest a clear
method of transferring content from on sharepoint server to another?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Peter Peterson     Answered On: Aug 17

I am trying to do the exact same thing. I abandoned using the
SPSbackup tool to restore the database. Instead I have a simple SQL
script that restores the _Site database backup from a shared drive.

I did what you most likely did. I created an entirely new SharePoint
Portal on another machine. But, then I restored the _Serv, _Prof,
and _Site databases from the production backups. I left the new
config_db alone. The second portal  works fine, except for the
embedded sites. I get the "file not found" error when I navigate to

One other thing that I did is to do a backup of the production IIS
metabase and restored that to my second server  IIS. That way it
brought over all of my virtual directories, etc. To do this, you
need to encrypt the metabase by assigning it a password.

Mindsharp has a whitepaper on moving portals. If you have taken a
class from them, you can get to it in their premium content. It's a
good starting point.

Answer #2    Answered By: Hans Weiss     Answered On: Aug 17

I followed a lot of other instructions to move portals
but alas it always failed. I got this one up and
running except that my staff directory portal  content
could not get moved over. I try moving the portal
content from Sharepoint Portal Server\Bin and \Data
but part of it never gets completed. and it's the
part that has the Staff directory.