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?
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RHADMINCommented:
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.
-Rick
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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:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/MS-SharePoint/Q_23591111.html
(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:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/cgross/archive/2007/05/09/moving-a-wss-3-0-site-to-a-new-farm.aspx

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