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Moveing MOSS ( SharePoint WSS 3.0 ) to a new server in a new domain

Hi All,

I have a hard task ahead of me and need some help.  Basically I need to move my SharePoint setup from one server to anohter but the catch is they are in different domains,  I can see guides on the net to move to another server but not new domain.

The SQL database will remain intact on the same server however the Web Front Ends will be moved.  What do I need to back up?  And how do I start the reinstallation and migration.  Thanks for your help in advance.
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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
A key question is will the SQl database server be on the same domain as it is now? And, will the WFE's be on a different domain than the SQL server?
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2326acAuthor Commented:
Your right that is akey question and I have thought aout this.  I think it is easeir to create a database and restore my files in the same domain as my WFE.  Have you got any other advce?
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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Because WSS 3.0 is so tightly integrated with Windows authentication for the service accounts I think you would have to have the SQL server hosting the WSS databases on the same domain.

So, right now you have a fully configured WSS 3.0 solution, is that correct?

You can use create and restore (or detach and reattach) for non WSS databases.  IE: You have your own custom application database.

Move the entire WSS 3.0 solution as a mirror won't work.  I think you will have to setup a new barebones WSS 3.0 solution and slowly migrate configuration then sites from the bottom up.  The advantage is that if you have both solutions running on different domains you could potentially access them side by side in two different browsers to make sure you do a thorough duplicate on the new domain.

Are you comfortable using stsadm on the command line?  That is the best tool to backup/restore sites from one server to another.

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MsShadowCommented:
The first question that comes to mind is :

Do the users of the SharePoint site stay in the same domain?
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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Yes, and the accounts will become orphaned.  There is actually another question on this site I answered on writing a small custom application to migrate accounts.  That is why I asked the author if they had a fully configured site.  Copying the permissions isn't trivial.
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