Migrating Sites from MOSS to WSS 3.0

Sometimes, we need to move back to old days. Last week, I got across a situation, where I had to migrate MOSS site to WSS 3.0 environment. Earlier I thought, backup – restore will do the job, but it was not that straight forward task.
Many of the Features available to MOSS sites are not available to WSS 3.0 and the existence of these features in the host site causes migration effort to fail. Among the Features that should be deactivated on the host site prior to export are:
Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Site and Standard Site Features, which can be deactivated through the SharePoint Products and Technologies user interface by navigating to: Site Settings -> Site Features
However, there are many Features, not visible through the SharePoint Products and Technologies user interface that will cause import failures in this scenario including Features such as:
BaseWeb
AnalyticsLinks
DataConnectionLibrary
SlideLibrary
RelatedLinksScopeSettingsLink
TransManagementLibrary
ThemeChanger
To deactivate those Features, use the SharePoint Administration Tool (STSADM) deactivatefeature operation prior to the export
STSADM -o deactivatefeature -name BaseWeb -url [url-of-site] -force
STSADM -o deactivatefeature -name AnalyticsLinks -url [url-of-site] -force
STSADM -o deactivatefeature -name DataConnectionLibrary -url [url-of-site] -force
STSADM -o deactivatefeature -name SlideLibrary -url [url-of-site] -force
STSADM -o deactivatefeature -name RelatedLinksScopeSettingsLink -url [url-of-site] -force
STSADM -o deactivatefeature -name TransLibMgmt -url [url-of-site] -force
STSADM -o deactivatefeature -name ThemeChanger -url [url-of-site] -force

4 thoughts on “Migrating Sites from MOSS to WSS 3.0

  1. Asad Ali Sandhu

    Is there any draw back for deactivating those features?
    What are things that will not work after deactivating them?

  2. Jaya Raja Post author

    the active features of moss will not be working on wss.. you ll end up in loosing the top end features of moss… let me know the main purpose of downgrading.. i ll suggest

  3. Asad Ali Sandhu

    Lets suppose we deactivate the above features then we move/upgrade/migrate to SP2010, now what will be difference in the migrated site as compared to the same site migrated without deactivating?

    Will we loose any SP2010 functionality?

  4. Jaya Raja Post author

    i would clearly wanted to know if you are downgrading from moss 2007 to wss 3.0 ?
    or upgrading from moss2007 to sp 2010 ?

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