we need to move an application (only a site collection/portal site)
hosted in farm using WSS 2.0(SharePoint Portal Server 2003 integrated with Project Server 2003) to a new farm where is installed WSS 3.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2007.
We do not care at all about the part managed by Project Server 2003 . We are interested to obtain all lists, items and users information stored in the application (basically
all the content part managed by MOSS 2003).
Which is the best strategy to get the job done ?
We have tried these steps to check if our strategy could work but it didn’t:
Create a new virtual server and portal site in the WSS 2.0 as test environment
Install and use prescan.exe on the portal site (it didn’t find any error)
Backup the portal site (using stsadm)
Move the backup to the new farm
Restore the backup (using stsadm)
We got a message error warning that the WSS used in the backup is different then the one installed in the farm target and the operation cant be completed. Did we miss
something or it isn’t just possible use this procedure to migrate content by MOSS 2003 / WSS 2.0 to MOSS 2007 / WSS 3.0?
Browsing around, I found old topics talking about this operation
like the url linked below:
where is suggested basically these steps:
Backup the WSS 2.0 site
Move the backup to a new server
Install WSS 2.0 in the new server and restore the backup
Install WSS 3.0 (upgrading the WSS 2.0)
Execute the prescan tool on the site
If errors are found then run psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b –wait –force
Now, before going to apply this procedure and ask a new environment at our clients, we would like be sure that this is the right thing to do to solve our problem..
I also read that there are around third party software that can do this operation automatically, any of this tool is freeware and efficient?
Else, anyone can confirm this or suggest another procedure to follow in case you need to move WSS 2.0/MOSS 2003 to a new environment using WSS 3.0/ MOSS 2007 ?
Any help will be really appreciated!