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SharePoint Server 2013 Troubles

Posted on 2016-10-07
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Some time ago I setup a test SP server, was a basic setup and used it to demonstrate some nice look sites and functionality to my bosses. The test server somehow drift into a production server along with all the mistakes and bugs. The server works, users are able to access what they need to, there are no work flows or anything fancy, we use it purely as a internal company info hub, new employees, general notifications and then we have our company's training manuals and quality management policies on it as well, these make up the biggest portion on SP and are also the most important.

Now it has recent been requested that Apps be added but the gremlins have shown me that this will not be allowed. I can't remember everything that was done to this system or what was added, removed, broken, fixed, etc. and I have a feeling it might take me longer to figure out than to actually just build a new SP server.

How would I go about installing a new SP server, keeping it the same name and not have to recreate all the content on the current server and ofc not drag any of the problems along with it?
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Jamie McAllister MVP earned 500 total points (awarded by participants)
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There's plenty of guidance about the actual server build process online such as https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262243.aspx

To migrate and not take over the headaches I'd suggest a migration tool such as Metalogix Content Matrix or Sharegate. This allows you a granular move of content, structure, permissions etc and you can choose what goes over.

If you don't have budget for a tool alas it comes down to manually moving content or attaching your content databases to the new server, which would (in the case of a db move) take over a lot more than you'd like.
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I second what Jamie said. Follow his advice and you will be okay...
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Commercial tools offer smoothest approach for this.
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