Bill Baer

Senior Product Marketing Manager (SharePoint), Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint, Microsoft Corporation

Site Collection and subsite Backup, Restore, and Migration

Site Collection and subsite Backup, Restore, and Migration

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I received an inquiry this week asking how to migrate an existing Site Collection as a subsite of a new parent Site Collection without having the availability of SMIGRATE in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007/Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. The answer are new STSADM parameters, import and export, which has been made available in STSADM. The import/export feature is based on the new Content Migration APIs; Recycle Bin state and alerts are not included in STSADM -o export - the requirement that the new Site Collection or subsite exists, remains as with previous versions of STSADM when using the restore parameters. A benefit of the export parameter is that security settings will be included if desired; whereas, in SMIGRATE WSSUserUtil was required to capture and import web security. Sample syntax of the new parameters follows:

stsadm -help export
  [stsadm -o export -url URL -f filename]
stsadm -help import
  [stsadm -o import -url URL -includesecurity]

For more information on Content and site migration visit http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/16a7e571-3531-4a4e-baa7-f348a9f9d1d11033.mspx?mfr=true

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  • Hi, export is not an option for stsadm in Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 - is there another option for SPS 2003?

  • Hi, export is not an option for stsadm in Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 - is there another option for SPS 2003?

  • The -o export operation is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, the comparable functionality in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 is the SMIGRATE application available from within the /BIN folder on each server hosting SharePoint Products and Technologies.

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