How to restore WSS 3.0 to a new server?

I have a WSS 3.0 server that went belly up.  The OS at that time was Windows Server 2003.

I'm trying to restore the WSS 3.0 server single-site farm to another server which is running Windows Server 2008 R2, and the machine name is different than the original server.

I have at my disposal copies of the underlying SQL Server Express databases as well as a Sharepoint Admin-initiated full backup of the farm.

What is the best way to proceed forward for re-establishing the WSS 3.0 single-site farm on the new server?
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

The migration from WSS3.0 to WSS3.0/MOSS is very straightforward, I used to backup the WebApp Content database using SQL Management Studio > then create a new WebApp in the new server > attach the backup database to new WebApp > delete the empty Content database from the new WebApp, and you are ready!
 if you have custom solution packages, make sure to redeploy them as well after this.
zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
install sharepoint on the new server at the same service pack and patch level.

you can use stsadm command line tool with that farm backup:
(you don't need to do step #1 since you already have the backup from the old server)

if you want to do it with the SQL db's, here are the steps:


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft SharePoint

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.