If you have been using Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, you have several Web sites that you might decide to upgrade to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. This chapter will focus on how to upgrade a Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 installation to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. If you need to upgrade from Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, refer to Chapter 24, "Upgrading from Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003."
Before you upgrade, it's best to read the relevant material. Fortunately, Microsoft has published a body of good, detailed information concerning the topic of upgrading your Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 installation, which you should read. Here are a few good starting points:
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services in Windows Server 2003 TechCenter found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/default.mspx
Deployment for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technology found at http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/1033.mspx
Whichever upgrade option you choose, there are four stages that you need to complete for the upgrade to be successful:
Planning the upgrade
The upgrade process
In this chapter, you'll learn the most significant aspects of each part, which will allow you to formulate the extent of the task you are undertaking and plan for the upgrade process. This chapter focuses on the administrative tasks that you will complete using the SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration Web pages and the tools you can use during the upgrade process.
If you have a highly customized Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 installation, you should read this chapter in conjunction with Chapter 25, "Upgrading Site Customizations and Custom Site Definitions to Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0." If you want to automate the upgrade process, refer to Chapter 24, which covers the use of the command-line tool stsadmn.exe in the upgrade process.
If you took part in the beta program and want to upgrade pilot environments to Release to Manufacturer (RTM) Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you must upgrade to Beta 2 Technical Refresh (B2TR), refer to the Microsoft TechNet article "Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for Beta 2 Technical Refresh": http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/1033.mspx?mfr=true.
Microsoft does not intend to provide tools to upgrade from SharePoint Team Services 1.0 (STS) to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. If you have STS Web sites, you must migrate to Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 before upgrading to Windows SharePoint Service 3.0.