Migration Sharepoint 2003 to Sharepoint 2007

The migrations are very complex and troublesome processes, with MOSS we will have the need to migrate Sharepoint 2003 and CMS portals to the new platform.


This post is the description of one migration done to pass a Portal from Sharepoint 2003 to MOSS, simply by using the In-place upgrade option of the Moss upgrade installation.

It is simple but you still have to do some work 🙂




1 Portal sharepoint 2003 with 1 team site (some areas, lists and libraries  with documents).





  • Install .NET 3.0 (includes the Windows Workflow Foundation installation)
  • Stop and disable the Search Sharepoint Service (this step was added by me following the MOSS Beta versions upgrade process)
  • Run the Prescan Tool (prescan.exe) necessary for the upgrade, this tool will generate log files that will  give us the status of the Portal to migrate and it will also be used by the migration process for the upgrade.
  • Install the MOSS RTM (kepp the In-Place upgrade selected)
  • Wizard Configuration

In the tested scenario the migration went smoothly and without a problem, a Web Application was created, the 2003 Portal was turned into a Site Collection and the Team Site was turn into a site in the Site Collection. All the content and customizations were migrated with success.

The Upgrade is complete, now we just need to remove the Sharepoint 2003:


  • Control Panel + Add Remove Programs + remove SPS 2003
  • Remove WSS 2.0

 This migration process represents a very simple scenario with few contents, but already allow us to have the perception that the migration process between Sharepoint 2003 and 2007 have some consistence and some assurance.

I still have to test a lot of scenarios on migration, I will post back on this subject when I do.

Computer developer/consultant from Portugal. You can find me at ricardo.magalhaes@gmail.com

Posted in Sharepoint, Sharepoint
19 comments on “Migration Sharepoint 2003 to Sharepoint 2007
  1. Toni says:


    What if we have two platforms and we want to move 2003 sites to 2007?

  2. Do you mean, migrating from WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0?

  3. Julien says:

    Thanks a lot for the tips, I also ran this command once the server was up to re-establis the connection with the db:

    psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

    psconfig can find found in C:\program files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN

    the migration is pretty smooth and gives a nice result 🙂

    Thanks again

  4. Ashish Khade says:

    Hi , its a good to start such a thread. I need some help regarding –
    a. Basic steps to follow before starting migration of web site from Sharepoint 2003 to MOSS2007.
    b. How to migrate .aspx page’s webparts and galleries.
    If there is any documentation or links please find some time to send on my ID.
    Thanks in advance!!


  5. Ashish Khade says:

    My email ID ashishkhade@hotmail.com.

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  7. George hanna says:


    I wanna ask u if u tested the scenarios on migration from Sharepoint 2003 to Sharepoint 2007.

    Basic steps to follow before starting migration of web site from Sharepoint 2003 to MOSS2007.

    How to migrate .aspx page’s webparts and galleries.
    How to migrate data base workflow and portals.

    If there is any documentation or links please to send it on my mail address.

    Best Regards,

  8. George hanna says:

    My e-mail address: georges.hanna@lo.indevcogrouo.com

  9. Gaurav says:


    I have a different scenario here. I have Sharepoint Server 2003 and it is in Production environment.

    I have got a task to upgrade it to MOSS 2007 however on a different server (a test server).

    I have no clue how to do it. I have Google it and got some command to do that however they are not working. 😦

    Please help.

    Thanks in Advance.


  10. Gaurav,

    If you have a test server to “play” with the fastest thing you can do is to replicate the Sharepoint 2003 environment and then apply this article.

    I have had coleagues that had to migrate production 2003 Sharepoint intranets to MOSS using a process diferent from the one described here, but it wasn´t a peaceful process, there had to be a Microsoft support and even that didn’t solve all the problems.

    What I mean is that depending on the specific scenario you can have a more calm process or more troublesome.

  11. Roopa says:

    Hey Ricardo,

    I would like to know if there occur any errors during the process of migration.Please do mail me if you have any document which specifies the error and resolution.


  12. Talha Ejaz says:

    i lost some documents while migrating from 2003 to 2007 sharepoint, i need to recover the lost data its very urgent please helpppp!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. How about a scenario where we do not want to do a full in-place upgrade to MOSS 2007 / WSS 3.0 from our production SPS 2003 environment.

    In our present plan, we will be selectively migrating content from specific WSS 2 sites to a brand new MOSS 2007 server.

    As for the Portal itself, we would want to migrate only the news listings from our existing SPS 2003 news area to the new MOSS 2007 News template? Anyone have any guidance on that?

    Is it feasible to do a “news area” only migration, while maintaining the relevant listing information (author, modified, publishing status, etc?)


  15. raheel says:

    Dear All

    I faced problem in converting my sharepoint projects from sharepoint 2003 to sharepoint 2007. i search lot over internet and found some solution but it cannot solved my problem. Any one know the right procedure of conversion, kindly guide me how to do it.


  16. Ashish Khade says:


    Its been long time, I’m on this thread.. i got few practical steps which may help –

    1. create blank sites/workspace/portals/surveys manually in MOSS 2007
    2. create lists and libraries manually or use MOSS Designer (here its similiar to creating folders in windows)
    3. for aspx pages – create a sample page manualy with page layouts and blank webparts,use this page as a template and copy required contents to these webparts.

    Please mail me know if you need more info on this.


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  19. Ashwin Raj says:

    I am encountering a problem which I don’t believe is an environment specific behavior. Essentially a document library, that existed before the migration, has content management disabled (which is to be expected since SPS2003 does not support content types). The document library is a regular one and not customized in any manner nor does it have any event listener implemented, etc. It has about 10 user created columns. When I enable content type management on the library, the Document content type is automatically added, which is expected behavior. However, the undesirable side-effect is that all the columns are being added to this Document content type. This should not happen. Would you have any insight into this behavior and how I can prevent it?

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