Moving SharePoint Site URL

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We are moving our SharePoint 2007 environment from Site 'A' to Site 'B'. Our current structure is 1 WFE/App Server & 1 SQL at Site 'A'. Site 'B' will also contain the same structure.
Both servers are in the same domain, but different IP Subnets...We are using DocAve from AvePoint to move the platform.

At present, our current production farm takes the Server URL as the site name, say 'http://server A'.

At site B, the server name is rather long, and because of some 3rd party software we have that utilises SharePoint, i've been asked to try to keep the same URL when we switch to site 'B'. This will save us an enormous amount of work.

My plan was to create an AAM entry for our current server name url & add that in the 'Intranet' zone on the farm at Site 'B', then change the DNS entry for the server IP at Site 'A' & point it to the server IP at 'Site B' within DNS.

I've tested this in a Virtual farm & it appears to work ok at first glance.

Does this sound like a feasible solution or is there another way to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance
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Sr. System Engineer
Top Expert 2012
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Your described method is a good way to do it.  Are you using the Content Migrator tool in the DocAve suite, or are you backup/restoring?  Honestly I've seen flakiness in content migrator with 2010 stuff.  
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Hi Ach1lles

We are using the Backup/Restore agents to move the platform. It's purely a 2007 to 2007 migration at this point in the project. I'll keep the migrator comment in mind when it comes time to upgrade.

So you see no major problems with the DNS approach? I wasn't 100% sure what other problems may occur by changing the entry in DNS, but on face value it appeared ok.

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Justin SmithSr. System Engineer
Top Expert 2012
Commented:
Yep, will be fine.  One thing to keep in mind, by default, any outbound emails generated by SharePoint will include the default zone URL for a particular web app.  However, this can be changed by using the SharePoint Admin Toolkit (do a google search).
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Thanks for your help :)

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Also thanks to _alias99 for changing the question Zone.

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Thanks Ach1lles :)

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