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Posted on 2011-02-23
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Hi All,

We have an old WSSv3 site collection which is still in use, and would like to migrate it's contents over to a new site on our group Sharepoint 2010 installation. What's the best way to do this whilst maintaining metadata such as permissions/dates.

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Attaching the content database to the SP 2010 environment.  You must be on WSS SP2 in order to do this.  

1. Run stsadm -o preupgradecheck on the WSS environment, just to give you an idea of any issues you could run into when upgrading.
2. Backup the content db and restore it to the SP 2010 SQL box.
3. In Central Admin (2010), create a new web app to act as the upgraded site.  
4.  In Central Admin (2010), attach the restored db.  THis will kick off the upgrade.

Once you get it upgraded, then you can worry about moving the site around to where you want it.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263299.aspx
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by:iris01
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Thanks

Is there no way to do this without having a seperate database / webapp?

Would stsadm export/import or backup/restore not work?
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No.
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How about if I don't need to preserve the metadata?
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by:Justin Smith
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Iris - you can't upgrade anything less than a content database, period.  
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Surely if I don't care about permissions etc, a manual copy from Explorer view would do?
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by:Justin Smith
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If you are talking about moving files from a document library, then yes, you could do the explorer view thing.  MetaData won't follow.

If you are talking about moving a site, just know that you can't do it without upgrading the entire content db.  
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Thanks again

Assuming I didn't want to set up a new content db on our live site, can I do this in a test environment and then perform an import/export from that? Or is this always going to need a second content db on live?
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by:Justin Smith
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This is a 250 pt question.
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It would probably have taken less time for you to say "yes you can" or "no you can't" than type that response.

Nevermind, I'm sure someone else will be along to answer that question and claim their 250 points.

Whilst I appreciate your help, ACH1LLES, I certainly don't appreciate your attitude.
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lol.  you can do a test environment it doesn't matter.  once the site is upgraded to 2010, then you can move it where you want using import/export or backup/restore.
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Thank you :)
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