I am planning to upgrade to Sharepoint 2010 foundation from Sharepoint WSS 3.0, can you please confirm/advise the following questions i have?
1. What is the easiest and safest way to upgrade? My current hardware is 32bits so I know I have to re-build a new web server on 64bits.
2. i have to build a new web server on 64bits and migrate webserver existing settings from 32bits, how do I copy website settings, and if there is an option to export existing settings from 32bits webserver, will I be able to import the settings to the new IIS7, Please advise?
3. I know that detach/attach of content DB is an option to upgrade, but what about Central Site Admin DB, Search DB etc.. Can those also be detach/attach to the new server?
4. The content DB, does that hold and migrate everything, i.e. images, custom templates? I know there is a path on the web server that holds images, so do I manually copy those over to the new web server once the Sharepoint 2010 is installed, or will the Content DB take care of all this?
Please can you advise and highlight any possible issues I may encounter, and what to take into account especially when I'm building the new webserver- as I want the new web server to be identical to the current? I have read some Microsoft documentation re upgrade, but really I could do with someones own upgrade experience!!