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Ok.  I have dealt with mismatched version numbers between servers countless times in both SharePoint 2003 and 2007 when transferring data between two environments.  What I had not run into (until today) was the fact that WSS 2.0 can be updated (SP3) while Sharepoint Portal Services was bone-stock-out-of-the-box.  It took me a bit to figure out what was going on. 

I was attempting to restore a 2003 site into a test environment but was getting the dreaded "Your backup is from a different version of Windows SharePoint Services and cannot be restored to a server running the current version" which is always good for a case of heartburn.

SOP is to go pull up the control panel\add remove programs and pull up the support information for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (in this case) on both machines and compare the version numbers.  Unfortunately they both matched.  Didn't expect that.  Twenty minutes of thought and looking at DLL's and I thought about the "other" service installed Windows Sharepoint Services 2.0 (in this case).  Sure enough someone had updated WSS to SP3 but had neglected to update the Portal Server to SP3.

I'm still not sure why the previous owner decided to update the server half-way.


Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 12:34 PM MOSS 2007 , SharePoint | Back to top

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