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we're migrating entire sharepoint farm to another set of new servers(on the cloud) by re-imagining all the servers, is it possible? RRS feed

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  • we're moving sharepoint 2013 to cloud servers, and stop using the old servers after the new environment is up

    we restored the image of old servers(app server, web front end server, and db server) to corresponding cloud servers

    now we have a copy of the farm on the cloud servers, the cloud servers have different IPs and names

    what is the suggestion to make the new enviromnet up and running? using the existing farm or creating a new farm and add the new servers in one by one

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:16 AM

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  • Hi zhen-hua.hu.

    I wouldn't recommend cloning the servers to the cloud or to a new on premises environment (and it should not be supported by Microsoft): creating an image of a SharePoint server is not easy due to the number of processes and services that are constantly running.
    I'd rather suggest you to backup the necessary content databases and service applications database, create the new servers and the new farm in the cloud environment and then restore all the previously taken backups; finally, test the new environment.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MOS, MTA, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:31 AM
  • Hi zhen-hua.hu,

    As Luigi said, you will need to build new farms from scratch and treat it like any other farm migration, that is configure the farm and restore databases as required.

    If you find any replies helpful to you, please remember to mark it as answer.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Best Regards,

    Julie


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    Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:15 AM
  • thanks for the reply,

    we have one Web Application on the old farm

    let's say we already have a new farm.

    so you mean we just create a new Web application in the new farm, and point to the restored content database in the new DB server. how to do that? please advise

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:00 AM
  • thanks for the reply,

    we have one Web Application on the old farm

    let's say we already have a new farm.

    so you mean we just create a new Web application in the new farm, and point to the restored content database in the new DB server. how to do that? please advise

    Since the new (virtual) farm is already in place, you have some database servers and some SharePoint servers and you've one or more web applications created and ready.
    Once the content databases have been restored on the new SQL Server machine, you have to mount each of them under the corresponding web application by executing the Mount-SPContentDatabase cmdlet from the SharePoint Management Shell on one of the SharePoint servers: this will mount the content database under the web applications, thus making all the contents available again (you'll see the database and all the site collections within in the Central Administration site).

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MOS, MTA, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:31 PM
  • Hi zhwn-hua.hu,

    After restoring the content database to the new farm, what we need is to associate this database with a clean web application.

    Besides, you could detach the default content database of the new web application and attach the restored database with it.

    Here are some references for you about how to complete the process in SharePoint Server.

    How to move a content db from a SharePoint Dev farm to a SharePoint test farm.

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Move content databases in SharePoint Server

    Attach or detach content databases in SharePoint Server

    Best Regards,

    Julie


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    Monday, October 21, 2019 6:33 AM