Monday, March 28, 2011

Migrating Sites to different Site Collections

There are three methods to exporting/backing up a site.
  1. Saving Site as Site Template
    • ​Click on site actions / site settings
    • Save Site as Site template
      • ​Click Include Site Content
    • Browse to Site Gallery
    • Save .tmp file
    • New Site Collection
    • Browse to New Site Gallery
    • Upload Site Template
    • Create New Site
    • Use Custom Site Templates

  2. Using SharePoint Designer
    • Open Site in SPD
    • Click Site > Administration > Back Up Site
      • Click Include Site Archives
    • New Site Collection
    • Create New Blank site
    • Open new Site in SPD
    • Click Site > Administration > Restore Site
    • Select the backedup site (.cmp)
    • Click Restore

  3. ​​Using STSADM CMD
    • On the SharePoint Server, Open CMD as Administrator
    • Browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\Bin
    • Backup: STSADM -o export -url http://spsite:80/Site -filename c:\export\Site -includeusersecurity
    • Create new blank site
      • STSADM -o createweb -url http://newspsite:70/Site1
    • Restore: STSADM -o import -url http://newspsite:70/Site -filename c:\export\Site.cmp -includeusersecurity
​All Three Methods should successfully move/migrate your SharePoint Site.

If your new site uses a different Master Page, you may receive the error FILE NOT FOUND.  if so, do these following steps to fix the error

    • Click on the new site that is erroring
    • Browse to the settings
      • /_layouts/settings.aspx
    • Click on Master Page
    • Click off inherit Master Page and select the current Master Page
      • Reset all Sites to Current Master Page.
    • Click Okay
  • ​Now the site should be back up.
    • ​​Afterwards you can go back and switch the Master Page to inherit.
    Hopes this helps someone in the future.