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Moving files off a Sharepoint server

I have a hosted  SBS 2008 server that runs our Exchange and Sharepoint. We have downsized and no longer have the need for it.

We are going to move the Exchange off to hosted Zimbra email.

Is there a specific way to move the files in Share point. Is it as simple as copying them off server onto and external hard drive?

I just want to then load them onto my local PC

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Please look into following custom utilities, if they work for you, for uploading files from local drives to SharePoint -


I hope it helps.

Rajendra Shekhawat
Rajendra, the poster wants them out (not in) of sharepoint
My apologies. However, it was not clear from the user post that a custom solution can't be implemented.

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Thanks QPR,

And that will work ok even if the Sharepoint server is a virtual server hosted offsite?
Oh I missed the "hosted bit" hmm not sure that would work then. What about selecting the docs and choosing download a copy from the hover drop down?
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Look if the Service "WebClient" on the Client is running - if not enable and start it.
Then go to Network - "Connect to Share" and there is a link at the bottom to connect to another system via http or ftp. Here you can enter "http://companyweb" and Connect as the administrative user of your windows domain.
Now you can use that explorer to copy the whole structure to another location.
Note that there are much sharepoint-special-files and folders in it. You can delete them afterwards.
If the Windows-Explorer is too slow you can buy (or test) WebDrive and use this tool.

The SBS2008 has WSS3.0 running. WSS can be installed on any W2K3 or W2K8*-Server - you do not need to have an SBS-Server - and it is for free on any windows-server variant >=2003. To get your data running there you only have to copy the database to the fresh installed server and create a new WebApplication with this database. Previously you should have done Windows-Updates after the installation of WSS3.0 (because the WSS-internal version must be higher or the same as the SBS2008-WSS.

This database is also compatible to the Sharepoint Foundation Server 2010 if it is smaller than 4GB.