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I have been working on this for a few weeks now. I have tried many things but just can seem to get things to work correctly. I am trying to move a site collection from one farm to another. The source Farm is a signal server, running sharepoint, sql, etc. I want to duplicate the site collection that lives on the signal server to our test farm which has two app servers, two front end servers and a sql server (for a total of 5 server). I have tried the backup and restore with backup-spsite and restore-spsite; I got sharepiont to see that it has a site collection under the manage content databases for the correct web application. I have also tried the following: http://blog.beckybertram.com/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=5489bebf-bd8d-4a6f-995b-3a0a456796f6&ID=83&Web=316c15c2-6bc0-464f-bda1-7ba96b4ba453

the problem is that I cannot load the page when I hit the URL that I have set up. I did have our server team set up a DNS entry to forward the url to our front end servers and I get the IIS welcome message when I hit the site. So there has to be something that I am missing when setting this up, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Got alternate access mappings all set up on the web app? –  James Love Jul 20 '12 at 18:03
    
Oh, also, if yuo're test farm is on a different domain you'll need to reset the Site Collection Administrator via Central Admin for the site collection in order to get access. –  James Love Jul 20 '12 at 18:13
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If you are seeing the IIS welcome message it means that SharePoint isn't listening on that URL:Port –  Dave Wise Jul 20 '12 at 22:23
    
Can you browse to yourNewServerName/sites/yoursite collection? OR yourNewServerName? –  Ybbest Jul 21 '12 at 11:14
    
content deployment isn't the way to approach this. I'd say you're probably missing the AAMs and the site bindings in IIS for this to work. –  pigeon Jul 22 '12 at 6:16

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