Need help to move WSS 3.0 server to new server in 2 server farm
I have WWS 3.0 installed in a 2 server Farm (Srv1 has Web server and search server, Srv2 is SQL2005 DB server). I have created a new VM server as the new home for the Web server and search server roles. This VM has the same OS and patches as Srv1. I am a little confused as to how the move is done. In some articles they say a WSS backup needs to be done and then WSS installed on the new server and then the back up restored to the new server. In another article it says that i run the SP Prod and Tech Config Wizard and choose Adavanced install and choose to have this server be a front end to an existing Farm. This second method makes the most sense since the Config data is stored in the Config DB. It also seems that i caould choose to have the Central Admin Application web site hosted on the new server at the same time as its still on the old server. I really want to have the existing server continue to serve all my end users while the new server is brought online and tested to make sure it works completely before i remove WSS from the old server. Any suggestions?