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Moving a WSS 3.0 site from one server to another

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 28, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

I currently have an old physical server running our company's Intranet.  I am virtualizing all of my servers to a new Dell running ESXi.  The VMWare tool is chocking on the conversation for this physical box, so I'm looking into just moving the site to a new virtual server.  Is this possible, and what's the best way to do so?  The old server is running Windows Server 2003 and the new one would be running Server 2008 R2 Standard, if that matters.  If there is a problem with it being a 64-bit OS, I can always use Server 2008 x86 Standard.

I found this link http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/sharepointadmin/thread/8923f5c2-b972-4cb3-90c1-d174d7ad47cb/ that suggests a method of archiving the site to a .cab file and then importing it to the new server.  Does this work, and maintain permissions?  All servers sit on the same domain.

Would a higher end version of Sharepoint, such as Server 2010, installed on the new virtual server have any kind of import/upgrade feature that WSS 3.0 doesn't?  We're a non-profit, so I could purchase the product from TechSoup if it would help out.


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