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SharePoint - Changing from one domain to another

Hi there,

Our entire office is moving to a new building.  This new building will merge two companies, each with their own AD domain.  In order to start fresh, we are implementing a new domain, with new services (Exchange 2010, BES 5.0, Domain Services, etc.).  We currently have a SharePoint 2007 (Version: 12.0.0.6020) that we want to keep, but we want it to become a member of this new domain.  

What are the easiest steps we need to do to get this done?  

The SharePoint server is currently a VM, can we make changes and if it doesn't work, can we restore a backup of the VM?

In this new domain set up, we will be upgrading our SQL Server from 2005 to 2008 Standard R2.  Would you recommend we keep the SharePoint database on SQL Server 2005 or is it easy to migrate the DB to SQL Server 2008?

Thank you,
- Christian
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QPRCommented:
These are quite some changes! If it were me I would consider a fresh install of sharepoint with SQL 2008 in your new environment and then attach your content databases.
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geiar99Commented:
I agree with QPR, and please consider to upgrade Sharepoint to 2010 version... otherwise:

- The SharePoint server is currently a VM, can we make changes and if it doesn't work, can we restore a backup of the VM?
Usually yes, just take a snapshot and revert to it if it does not work.

- Don't forget to move you Sharepoint accounts to the new AD: this could be the most important thing. I think that if you keep the same names the operation will run smoothly.

Hope it helps.
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Christian PalaciosAuthor Commented:
Thank you!  We are going to upgrade to SharePoint 2010 sometime next year, but because we have so much to do before we move and migrate users to the new domain, we want to make it easier on us and keep the same SharePoint site/version.  

Do you have instructions on how to do a fresh install on a new domain and then transfer the content databases?

- Christian
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geiar99Commented:
Hi,

the installaion is pretty simple if you first create the AD account for Sharepoint, create the SQL server and then start the procedure, applying all the patches up to the latest. Once SP is setup, just move and restore the content DB by SQL backup. It should work but you need to check carefully the correspondance of the old and new account. Usually this is one of the biggest problem in my experience. Pay attention also at the password automatic changes in the AD for the SP accounts: it could be worth to never change them, if security policy allows it. Indeed sometimes the new password is not recognized automatically and you need to work on it.

Hope it helps
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Christian PalaciosAuthor Commented:
Thank you, it doesn't sound too hard.  Would the following instructions I found online explain exactly what you would or have done in the past?

http://sharepointapplied.com/2009/02/04/move-sharepoint-to-a-new-domain/

Thank you,
- Christian
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geiar99Commented:
Hi,

yes, indeed the procedure is well written and a good point to start. Just be sure about your backup and accounts to be migratd, and everything should be fine.

Good luck!
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Christian PalaciosAuthor Commented:
Thank you!  

- So I'll do a simple backup of every database and their log files.  How many databases do I need to migrate over for WSS 3.0?

- Since this is a new domain, I will create new accounts to work with WSS.  I know I'll need a SharepointAdmin and sharepointDatabase user account because that is what is currently created under SQL Server 2005 server.  Any other user accounts that I'll need to worry about?  

- Anything specific to consider since I am copying the databases to SQL Server 2008 R2?

Thanks again!
- Christian
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geiar99Commented:
Hi,

- So I'll do a simple backup of every database and their log files.  How many databases do I need to migrate over for WSS 3.0?
Consider to open a new question for that.. I can only guess since I haven't been using WSS 3 for many years now... and I don't like to guess...

- Since this is a new domain, I will create new accounts to work with WSS.  I know I'll need a SharepointAdmin and sharepointDatabase user account because that is what is currently created under SQL Server 2005 server.  Any other user accounts that I'll need to worry about?
Speaking about MSSQL 2005 not really, but please have a look to your documentation just in case.

- Anything specific to consider since I am copying the databases to SQL Server 2008 R2?
There's an interesting tutorial that I'd follow on:
tutorial on SQL migration
Have a look!
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Christian PalaciosAuthor Commented:
We will not be migrating to a new domain anymore so we won't need this solved.  Thank you for your answers though!

- Christian
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Christian PalaciosAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for FDSCI's comment #a38442928

for the following reason:

We will not be migrating to a new domain anymore so we won't need this solved. <br /><br />- Christian
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geiar99Commented:
Dear,

since the explanations and instructions given could be used in case you will migrate sooner or later, please consider to assign points in any case. It will also be useful for other EE users to see this request solved and to apply, consequently, the same procedures.

Kind regards
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