Prepare the new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 environment

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


Topic Last Modified: 2009-01-29

Before you can migrate your content into a new environment, you must create that new environment. Depending on your current Windows SharePoint Services configuration, you need to perform different steps to create that environment.

Part of creating the new environment is recreating the Web applications, re-applying configuration settings, and copying other customizations over from the old environment. After you deploy Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you must:

  1. Create a Web application for each virtual server that was in the old environment. For more information, see Deployment for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technology.

  2. Manually re-apply farm configuration settings, including:

    • Outgoing e-mail server

    • Any server farm–level security and permission settings

    • Included paths (such as /sites or /mysites)

    • Alternate access settings

    • Quota templates

    For more information about configuring these settings, see Deployment for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technology.

  3. Manually copy all customizations into your new farm. Be sure to install any of the following components that your sites may depend on to work properly, including:

    • Language packs

    • Custom site definitions

    • Custom style sheets (cascading style sheets files)

    • Custom Web Parts

    • Custom Web services

    • Any other components or files on which your sites may depend


Ensure that you transfer settings from the Web.config file to your new farm.

After you finish preparing the new environment, you can migrate the databases.

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