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Sharepoint 2010 Upgrade?

Morning everyone,

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!!

Thank you.
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Hello,

there's lots of different approaches on how to migrate from WSS 3.0 to SP 2010 Foundation,

Microsoft has some very good information at

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee517215.aspx

You need to decide which path you prefer and follow the directions.

Here is an account of an upgrade experience with some gotcha's

http://www.jaylee.org/post/2010/06/03/Thoughts-on-Migrating-from-WSS-3-0-to-SharePoint-Foundation-2010.aspx

cheers, teylyn
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badabing1Author Commented:
Thanks for your reply, but i was hoping you can answer my questions in a bit more details, can you please answer question 2 for now..?

I have read plenty of docs but I'm not too clear on some of the points hence this post i listed here..

Thanks
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
1.  Build out your 2010 farm on 64 bit hardware . You will then upgrade taking the "database attach" approach

2. Can you define what you mean by "web site settings" in question 2?  Any of your settings inside of SharePoint will port over just fine when you do the database attach upgrade.

3.  Don't worry about the Central Admin db.  When you deploy your 2010 farm, create all those Central Admin settings manually.  In my opinion, you should do the same for Search (unless you have a bunch of managed properties, crawl rules, etc).  But yes, you do have the ability to attach and upgrade search databases.

4. Those images, unless you've added custom, will exist in the same folder on the 2010 installation, so they won't be broken when you upgrade the database.

You really need to read through the documentation on TechNet.  Also, verify you are on at least SP2 in 2007 beforehand.  Also helpful to run the preupgradecheck on your 2007 environment beforhand.  Remember that any custom wsp solutions deployed to the 2007 farm will have to be redeployed to 2010.
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badabing1Author Commented:
Hi Achilles,

Sorry for the late response, what i meant for point 2. is the configurations of web front end server where Sharepoint creates sites for Public url in IIS etc..

The attach approach is there a command to run in new Sharepoint to attach or is it just a matter of pointing it to from within central administration if at all possible?

cheers
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
If the setting is within SharePoint, it is covered.  If it is in IIS, it most likely isn't.  So, SSL Certs, Bindings, etc will have to be manually transferred.
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badabing1Author Commented:
Ok, great- so do you know how to attach the database to the new Sharepoint, i have already copied to the new sql server and restored it successfully, but how do i get Sharepoint enterprise to see that now?

cheers
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
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badabing1Author Commented:
brilliant its worked in a test lab.
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
Guess it wasn't brilliant enough for an "A"
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