When to Use the Different Upgrade Methods

As we’ve learned, each upgrade method has its own advantages and disadvantages. In theory, most would love to simply run a script and find that their entire SharePoint Portal Server 2003 farm was suddenly sitting on a 64-bit SharePoint Server 2007 platform, with all of the customizations upgraded and all of the content in the right locations. But alas, no such script exists. So, in Table 22-4, you will find a way to understand and think about the tradeoffs that are inherent with each upgrade method. Decision points are detailed for you, too.

Table 22-4. Decision Tradeoffs Between the Four Migration Methods


In-place upgrade

Gradual upgrade

Content database migration

User copy method

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