We currently have one 32x bit production server running SharePoint Portal 2003. I have been task to create a SharePoint test/dev environment. I been approved to look into upgrading SharePoint Portal 2003 to SharePoint 2010, however. We are only using the application for our external and intranet website. They are both basic websites in that the intranet get updated daily with updated data content. Other features are not being used and I was thinking we could save a lot of money by going to the free version, SharePoint 2010 Foundation.
I've started to research on the best methods to upgrade the current production and the test/dev SharePoint environments to SharePoint 2010 Foudation. I'm unable to find any artcles for migrating from the full version to the free version. My idea is to install a 64x bit box with Windows Server 2008 R2 and then install SharePoint Services 3. I want to migrate the data from the full version of SharePoint Portal 2003 over to SharePoint Services 3. Then I will upgrade SharePoint Services 3 to SharePoint 2010 Foundation. I will make this the live environment and then I would just build the second server the same way except I can start by installing SharePoint 2010 Foundation and then just copy the data from production to the new test/dev envrionment.
Is this achievable and if so does anybody know of a resource on how this can be accomplished? If this can't be done then I assume I will have to stick with the full version of SharePoint 2010 if I want to upgrade?
Any help is appreciative.