Thursday, March 31, 2011

Move SharePoint Site Collection as a Subsite

Environment: SharePoint 2007/2010/2013

Requirement: To move a site collection as a subsite to another site collection, we can make use of STSADM or Powershell import/export command.

Following are the steps to achieve this

Assume that, we need to move the site collection http://sitecollection1/sites/asite to another site collection http://sitecollection2/sites/bsite as a subsite.


Steps

1. Export the site collection (http://sitecollection1/sites/asite) using STSADM command line tool

using stsadm command
stsadm.exe -o export -url http://sitecollection1/sites/asite -filename c:\backups\sc_asite.bak –includeusersecurity –nofilecompression

using powershell
Export-SPWeb -Identity http://sitecollection1/sites/asite -Path C:\backups\sc_asite.bak -IncludeUserSecurity -NoFileCompression

2. Create a new site with Blank Site template in the other site collection (http://sitecollection2/sites/bsite). Assume the blank site name is csite

3. Import the backed up site collection in c:\mybckup\sc_asite.bak

using stsadm command
stsadm.exe -o import -url http://sitecollection2/sites/bsite/csite -filename c:\backups\sc_asite.bak 
-includeusersecurity -nofilecompression

using powershell
Import-SPWeb http://sitecollection2/sites/bsite/csite  -Path c:\backups\sc_asite.bak -IncludeUserSecurity -NoFileCompression


After migration, the site collection 1 will be available under the following URL as a subsite http://sitecollection2/sites/bsite/csite



9 comments:

  1. Hi Thanks for this really pointed me in the right direction,i added a few other operations on the command. Just a quick note that the export line on our server was being strict and i had to add the .exe after stsadm. Id hate for people to take away from this useful post just cos they didnt exercise a bit of common sense on the export routine!! Thanks :-)

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  2. Move SharePoint Site Collection as a Subsite how do I do his in sharepoint 2013

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  3. It does not seem to work with 2013

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  4. @Rendani, I haven't tested this in SP2013, did you try to use similar powershell commands to the stsadm commands?

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  5. Updated powershell command for SharePoint 2013

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  6. getting error that List does not exist. for sharepoint 2013

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