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Upgrade from Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Foundation 2013

Summary: Learn how to use the database-attach method to upgrade from Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint 2013.

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2007 | Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 | SharePoint Server 2013 | SharePoint Foundation 2013

You cannot upgrade directly from the server products in the Office 2007 release to SharePoint 2013. The changes between versions are too great, and the hardware requirements differ so much between versions that a direct upgrade is not possible or supported. However, you can perform a series of database-attach upgrades to first upgrade your content to SharePoint 2010 Products and then to SharePoint 2013. This article describes how to perform these sequential database-attach upgrades.

Note:

During this whole process, your old environment should be offline or in read-only mode to prevent users from making changes in the old environment while you upgrade. After you finish and validate the upgrade, you can grant access to users in the SharePoint 2013 environment.

Upgrade sequence

To upgrade your content across the two versions, follow these steps.

  • Prepare to upgrade
    • Prepare your original farm. Be sure that you have installed the latest software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Office SharePoint Server 2007. You must have Service Pack 2 at a minimum before you run the pre-upgrade checker and make an inventory of all the customizations on the Upgrade worksheet for SharePoint Server 2010.
    • Set up a small, temporary farm that is running SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 depending on whether you’re upgrading from Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Office SharePoint Server 2007. Ensure that the latest service packs and updates are installed on this temporary farm.
    • Set up your full SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013 farm, and verify that it is configured and running correctly.
  • First upgrade: Upgrade the content to SharePoint 2010 Products
    • Use SQL Server to make a backup of the content databases on the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Office SharePoint Server 2007 farm, restore the backups to the SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 farm, and then take the old farm offline.
    • Attach the copies of the content databases to the SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 farm and upgrade them (optionally, you can upgrade them in parallel).
    • Verify that the content was upgraded and that the SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 farm is working correctly.
  • Second upgrade: Upgrade the content to SharePoint 2013
    • Use SQL Server to make a backup of the content databases on the SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 farm, and then restore them to the SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013 farm.
    • Attach the copies of the content databases to the SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013 farm and upgrade them (optionally, you can upgrade them in parallel).
    • Verify that the content was upgraded and that the SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013 farm is working correctly.
    • Upgrade the site collections.
  • Start serving requests on the SharePoint 2013 farm
      The following diagrams illustrate this process:
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