Replicating SQL Server data cross version?

We have a fairly large production SQL Server 2000 DB that is used 24x7.

We want to upgrade to SQL Server 2005 to deal with some deficits of SQL Server 2000.

I'd like to have a small a window on this as possible and would like to be able to take an export and migrate that and then only apply deltas between the two.  We do this with Oracle (but I think only with the same version).

Is there some way to do this with SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 (going from one version to the other)?
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Gene KlamerusTechnical ArchitectAsked:
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
1. Do a Full backup, restore on the target folder.
2. When you are ready do a Differential backup and restore.

This last step should only take you a few minutes, depending on the changes since the Full backup.
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Gene KlamerusTechnical ArchitectAuthor Commented:
and that 100% works between these 2 different versions of SQL Server?

What establishes the "snap" point on the backup (and does the application need to be down to do that full backup)?
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
Yes, but feel free to verify.  Do a trial run first and convince yourself.

>>What establishes the "snap" point on the backup<<
I don't udnerstand your question.

>>does the application need to be down to do that full backup<<
Definitely not, that is the whole point.  The only time it has to be unavailable is the time it takes you to do a Differential backup, restore and switch over.
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