By Alex Kirillov
If you are still running SharePoint 2003 on your server farm, you know that there is no direct way to go from it to the new shiny world of SharePoint 2010, which is just around the corner now. You will need to upgrade to MOSS first, and then move on to SharePoint 2010. As most Portal Server installs have been 32 bit, Windows Server 2003, you may need to upgrade hardware/software as you go.
Well, Quest has something to help you avoid the lengthy and cumbersome two-hop official upgrade process. There is a new version of our Migration Manager for SharePoint tool in the works that enables direct migration of SharePoint 2003 content to SharePoint 2010. And today we are posting a technical preview of this new version to our community site!
Direct SharePoint 2003 to 2010 migration is not the only capability of the tool. In the preview you will also find a rich set of features for SharePoint 2007, including migration and consolidation of SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007 servers, reorganization of SharePoint 2007 site structure to streamline information access, optimize content storage and enhance recovery time objectives. Migration tasks can be configured and monitored remotely in a web browser. You can use the built-in scheduling options to minimize impact of resource-intensive migration activities on business users.
We have tested the preview version with Beta 2 and RC builds of SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010.
Please note that this technical preview is solely for evaluation purposes and should not be used in production. Quest Software does not provide any formal support for it. If you have any question/problems/suggestions, please post them to the discussions on our online community site.
https://www.quest.com/community/ (registration required)
Mini evaluation guide:
Follow this step-by-step guide to install and test drive the technical preview.
Post your feedback, questions to the dev team forum.