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  • Hello,

    I have a situation where I have to move SharePoint 2007 farm (all the server) that are running on Windows 2003 platform to a new AD domain that resides within the same forest.   For Example:   domain1.company.com to domain2.company.com

    Is such “relocation” supported by Microsoft? Any information related to this scenario is appreciated.

    Sigitas

    Monday, March 14, 2011 8:18 PM

Answers

  • Hi Sigitas,

     

    I understand that you want to move SharePoint farm from current domain to another domain, and the two domain resides in the same forest.

     

    First, it is possible to SharePoint farm between domains. However, you need to recreate the configuration database, as the SQL servers and service accounts need to be moved as well.

     

    As you need to move your SQL servers, this can and will be treated as a simple SQL server move, which requires a farm migration. This is because the domain name of the SQL server changes.

     

    For farm migration, you can find instructions at <http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/42511e01-ecdd-4dc5-b06f-35aaada8a5d81033.mspx?mfr=true>. Make sure you also have SQL backups and backups of the IIS root folders with the web.configs and any custom webparts that you may be using. Just disjoin the servers from the existing farm, rejoin them to a new farm, and follow the migration to new farm steps.

     

    The general steps are going to be as follows:

     

    1. Backup your current farm.

    2. Disjoin the existing servers from current domain.

    3. Join the servers to the new domain.

    4. Re-create a configuration database in the new SQL location.

    5. Restore the farm as per New Farm Migration instructions.

    6. Restore any customizations (Customized web.config for forms authentication may apply.)

     

    Additionally, the above steps are for your reference. You can change them according to farm configuration.

     

    Finally, if you want to migrate users, please refer to the following articles:

     

    After you migrate a user from a different Active Directory domain, the user can no longer access Windows SharePoint Services

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;896593

     

    A user can no longer access SharePoint Portal Server 2003 after you migrate that user from one Active Directory domain to another Active Directory domain

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;896161

     

    Thanks,

    Rock Wang

    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum

    If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tngfb@microsoft.com


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    • Proposed as answer by VikSrini Thursday, March 17, 2011 8:06 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rock Wang– MSFT Monday, March 21, 2011 3:06 AM
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:20 AM

All replies

  • Hi Sigitas,

    You can create a new web application (domain2.company.com) within SharePoint Central Admin with new SQL database.
    Then use STSADM utility to backup domain1.company.com and restore it to domain2.company.com web application.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263441(office.12).aspx

    hope this helps,


    -- techChirag
    Monday, March 14, 2011 10:38 PM
  • Thank you for the information. The deal here is that DNS domain and SharePoint URLs have to stay the same. The part that is changing is Active directory domain (where the the farm is hosted,) meaning I will have to move SharePoint servers (dbs,apps,webfronts) from AD domain DOMAIN1 to DOMAIN2 (within the same forest).

    Sigitas

     

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:50 AM
  • Hi Sigitas,

     

    I understand that you want to move SharePoint farm from current domain to another domain, and the two domain resides in the same forest.

     

    First, it is possible to SharePoint farm between domains. However, you need to recreate the configuration database, as the SQL servers and service accounts need to be moved as well.

     

    As you need to move your SQL servers, this can and will be treated as a simple SQL server move, which requires a farm migration. This is because the domain name of the SQL server changes.

     

    For farm migration, you can find instructions at <http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/42511e01-ecdd-4dc5-b06f-35aaada8a5d81033.mspx?mfr=true>. Make sure you also have SQL backups and backups of the IIS root folders with the web.configs and any custom webparts that you may be using. Just disjoin the servers from the existing farm, rejoin them to a new farm, and follow the migration to new farm steps.

     

    The general steps are going to be as follows:

     

    1. Backup your current farm.

    2. Disjoin the existing servers from current domain.

    3. Join the servers to the new domain.

    4. Re-create a configuration database in the new SQL location.

    5. Restore the farm as per New Farm Migration instructions.

    6. Restore any customizations (Customized web.config for forms authentication may apply.)

     

    Additionally, the above steps are for your reference. You can change them according to farm configuration.

     

    Finally, if you want to migrate users, please refer to the following articles:

     

    After you migrate a user from a different Active Directory domain, the user can no longer access Windows SharePoint Services

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;896593

     

    A user can no longer access SharePoint Portal Server 2003 after you migrate that user from one Active Directory domain to another Active Directory domain

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;896161

     

    Thanks,

    Rock Wang

    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum

    If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tngfb@microsoft.com


    Regards, Rock Wang Microsoft Online Community Support
    • Proposed as answer by VikSrini Thursday, March 17, 2011 8:06 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rock Wang– MSFT Monday, March 21, 2011 3:06 AM
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:20 AM
  • Hi Sigitas,

     

    How is everything going? If you have any questions, please reply to the forum.

     

    Thanks,

    Rock Wang

    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum

    If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tngfb@microsoft.com


    Regards, Rock Wang Microsoft Online Community Support
    Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:32 AM
  • I'm going through the pile of documentation. Thanks for all the info you have posted here.
    Thursday, March 17, 2011 5:33 PM