Sharepoint 2010 - Moving to another server completely...

Posted on 2011-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
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 =  in NY

All I want to do is:

SP2010 Server #2, URL =  in London (effectively replace Server #1)

SO all I want to MOVE 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

Thanks for any clear insight.
Question by:vamail2
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    Assisted Solution

    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 to server #2s IP and them bring it back up.

    or try and explain your situation a little more clearly.  

    Accepted Solution

    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, - I went ahead and manually renamed the host headers and IIS to and then the DNS.  


    Author Closing Comment

    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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