Chapter 2. Upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010 — The Hybrid Approach

By Jason Medero

IT professionals, developers, and even end users will eventually come across the terms "upgrade" and "migration." When these groups hear these terms, they immediately begin to shiver with fear and anxiety. Quickly following the fear and anxiety are lots of questions regarding what will change and what the overall effect will be. This chapter provides answers to questions about upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010 from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) utilizing the hybrid approaches.

While reading this chapter, you should take notice of the planning guidelines and best practices referenced frequently. And you should always keep in mind what the requirements are for your organization. Even though I may lean toward preferring a specific approach over another, it will be up to you to choose an approach that best fits your scenario.

This chapter unveils the complexities surrounding upgrades, and provides insights from real-world experiences to better prepare you for what to expect during an upgrade and, more specifically, using the hybrid upgrade approach.

The discussion begins with some key background information and an overview of what's new with the SharePoint 2010 upgrade. Later, the discussion examines details surrounding the various upgrade options.


The release of SharePoint Server 2010 brings with it a couple of new database attach ...

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