SharePoint Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for SharePoint enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a Sharepoint Farm with one Application Server (Sharepoint Administration) that connect to a Database Server. I have Webapplications created in this server pointing to this database

I will be creating a new Sharepoint farm with an Application Server using the same Database instance as above.

Now i need to create a web application in the second farm and point the content database to the first farm.

Is this possible ? What are the steps

share|improve this question

You can point to a copy of the database, but you can't have two farms using the same database at the same time.

You can take a sql backup of the database and restore it with a new name. Then you can either specify that name when you create the web application or later add it through Manage Content Databases in Central Admin.

The new farm has to be on at least the same patch level as the old and have the used Solution packages installed. Use Test-SPContentDatabase to check that you're ready.

Also note that if you're using managed metadata then you need to consume the old farms Managed Metadata service application.

share|improve this answer
Can i delete the webapplication from the first farm with out deleting the content database and then point this database in the new farm – Thomson Apr 19 '12 at 6:55
Yes as long as only one farm is using the database at any time your OK. Note about versions and solutions added to answer. – Per Jakobsen Apr 19 '12 at 7:10
We are using Sharepoint 2007 . we do not have managed meta data – Thomson Apr 19 '12 at 7:37

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.