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Sharepoint 2010 - Moving to another server completely...

Why oh why does Sharepoint (even in 2010) make it such a miserable event to move to a new server.  Arrggghh.. please help me.  

I have a Sharepoint 2010 Site collection on a stand-alone (NOT Active Directory) server like this

    SP2010 Server #1,  URL = sp2.aaa.com  in NY

All I want to do is:

SP2010 Server #2, URL = sp2.aaa.com  in London (effectively replace Server #1)

SO all I want to MOVE sp2.aaa.com to server #2.  Thy are both SP 2010.

Everything I try fails for one reason or another.  Backup & Restore, attaching and reattaching...

Does anyone have a fool proof method to move a SP2010 sharepoint site?  Issues arise like on server #2, do I create a temp Sharepoint Web App, and a temp site collection (with a different name, sname name???).  WHen and in what order?  WHen how  do I rename it back to the original name sp2.aaa.com.

Thanks for any clear insight.
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All that I can gather from your explanation is that this is a DNS issue.  Try backing up your Server, changing the DNS to point  sp2.aaa.com to server #2s IP and them bring it back up.

or try and explain your situation a little more clearly.  
vamail2Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Thanks.  I was able to resolve it.  I was looking for a more step by step.  After finally doing a successful backup and restore to sp3.aaa.com, - I went ahead and manually renamed the host headers and IIS to sp2.aaa.ocm and then the DNS.  

vamail2Author Commented:
Was helpful for one aspect but not the step by step I was hoping for when it came to backup & restore etc...

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