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I'm working in a test WSS 3.0 environment and I would like to be able to move a subsite with subsites to another environment.  There are several ways to move a WSS 3.0 site.  The first one I tried almost worked.  I will document my attempts (and reason each attempt was or was not successful here. 

SharePoint Designer

The technique:

  • Create a placeholder for the new location of the site
    • Use WSS 3.0 browser
      • Create a site using the Blank Site template.
  • Create a backup of the site to be moved
    • Use SharePoint Designer
      • Open the site to be moved
      • On the Site Menu - point to Administration - Backup Web Site - Check Include Subsites
      • Creates a .cmp file
  • Restore the backup to the new location
    • Use SharePoint Designer
      • Open the site (new location)
      • On the Site Menu - point to Administration - Restore Web Site
      • Use the .cmp file 

Limitations:

  • The site hiearachy for the new location must be the same as the original location. 
    • For example: If you have
      • Portal Site - Projects Site - IT Projects Site - Project A Site - Project A Documentation Site - Project A Final Dcoumentation Site
      •  you cannot move it  to  move it to
      • Portal Site - Project A Documentation
  • There is a size limitation of 25MB

 

SharePoint Site Template
The Technique:
  • Create a Site Template
    • Using WSS 3.0 Browser:
      • Save the site you want to move as a template – include content
      • If moving to a different site collection:
        • Go to Site Gallery (at top level)
        • Save the template to a good place in the file system (like your desktop)
        • Go to the root site of the Site Collection of the new location
        • Go to the Site Gallery
        • Upload the saved site template (.stp file)
      • Browse to the parent site of the new location
      • Create a new site with the template you just uploaded (Select a template – Custom tab)

Limitations:

  • Subsites are not included

STSADM Export / Import

The Techique

  • Use STSADM command line tool
  • Export the subsite to a .bat file
  • Import the .bat file to the new site location
  • Must have the following permissions:
  • login account for SQL server for SharePoint databases
  • Site Collection Administrator for new location (?and maybe original location)

Results

  • Subsite and subsites were restored
  • Used -includeusersecurity parameter and SharePoint groups and users in these groups were moved

Limitations

  • STSADM is not user friendly with error messages.  Check the Application Event Log.  The message received in the command window may not be indicative of the true problem.
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:23 AM WSS | Back to top


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Awesome info. Thanks!
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Thank you so much!
Left by Jai on Oct 27, 2008 9:36 AM

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Thank you for confirming that export handles subsites of the target URL. Very valable information which doesn't appear explicitly in most places.
Left by Joshua on Dec 17, 2008 3:24 PM

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Great information! Thanks for posting this!
Left by Ashton Sheets on Mar 27, 2009 8:31 PM

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FYI - there is a limitation on template sizes:

The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes.
Left by Scott on Jul 01, 2009 9:52 AM

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I need to move an older WSS site to a MOSS2007 subsite. Do the same stsadmin steps work for that? I don't want to overwrite my existing MOSS2007 site.
Left by Jeff Charland on Jul 23, 2009 3:34 PM

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