Move Sharepoint 2010 server to another domain


If once you need to move your sharepoint server to another farm you have to know this is not an easy process. In this article i am telling you a way of doing migration via using domain trusts.

  1. Upgrade Current farm lastest SP (Service Pack 1) and lasted CU
    Sharepoint SP1 and June CU information
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/joerg_sinemus/archive/2011/06/29/sharepoint-2010-sp1-and-post-sp1-june-2011-cu.aspx
    http://blog.bugrapostaci.com/2011/06/29/sharepoint-2010-service-pack-1-sp1-and-june-2011-cu-released/
  2. Estabilish two way domain trust between Domain A (old) and Domain B
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773178(WS.10).aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816837(WS.10).aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816590(WS.10).aspx
  3. Setup and Install new Sharepoint Server on Domain B and Upgrade this server lastest SP and Lastest CU
    Prepare to deploy software updates (SharePoint Server 2010)
    http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/library/ff806331(en-us).aspx
  4. Join new server to farm using configuration wizard.
  5. Migrate all roles and service applications to new server and stop the domain A server services.
    Server and Site Architecture
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms473633.aspx
    Service Applications and Topologies in SharePoint Server 2010
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ff686757
  6. Update all service accounts and farm admin account with new Domain users.
    Initial deployment administrative and service accounts
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee662513.aspx
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/russmax/archive/2010/01/08/changing-sharepoint-2010-service-accounts.aspx
  7. Migrate all other needed users and groups using stsadm.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee517214
    Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements: See Add-SPShellAdmin.
    On the Start menu, click All Programs.
    Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.
    Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.
    From the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following:
    $w = Get-SPWebApplication “http://<server>/&#8221;
    $w.MigrateUsers($True)
  8. Check if needed Equalize all custom solutions, and web.config files and make a complete test of your custom solutions
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262995.aspx
  9. Stop all services on Domain A sharepoint servers and test your all application for any problem .(broken links , content redirections, posible errors)
  10. If Everything is ok at step 9 .Disconnect old servers (domian A servers) from farm
  11. Stop All Sharepoint servers on Domian B
  12. Stop SQL Server and change domain of SQL Server .
  13. Start SQL server services.
  14. Start Sharepoint Servers.
  15. Remove Domain Trusts.

I hope this helps 🙂

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About bpostaci
Escalation Engineer in Microsoft.

3 Responses to Move Sharepoint 2010 server to another domain

  1. Goran Krasojevic says:

    Hi, great post,but I don’t understand one thing.

    3.Setup and Install new Sharepoint Server on Domain A and Upgrade this server lastest SP and Lastest CU

    Why old domain??????

  2. Mark Lilly says:

    Hi, Great post as this is exactly what I need to do. I have been searching for various ways to achieve this and have one question. Would it be possible to use Microsoft ADMT Tools to migrate the SharePoint user accounts from Domain A to Domain B and the SharePoint Servers? A very broad brush question but conceptually would this be possible?

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