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Is there a way to COPY a SharePoint file including its version history from the Windows SharePoint Service 3.0? I have a file I want to copy but it did not carry over all previous version histories when I copy it. Appreciate for the idea!

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For migration I strongly suggest using metavis from metavistech. It is very easy to use.. – Hugh Wood Nov 7 '12 at 13:12
Where are you moving it to? Same site, farm? – David Lozzi Nov 7 '12 at 13:14

Make sure the versioning in the destination list matches that of the source list and then just use Content and Structure to move/copy the file.

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I am not familiar with SharePoint. Where is Content and Structure locate? I look in Site Action and Setting pulldown list but I do not find the Content and Structure anywhere. Thanks for your response! – Angelina Aug 7 '12 at 19:46
go to Site Actions - Site Settings - Modify All Site Settings and look for "Content and Structure" under "Site Administration" – Dave Wise Aug 7 '12 at 19:54
WSS doesn't have Content and Structure, that's a Server feature. – David Lozzi Nov 7 '12 at 13:14

You can achieve this with the Content Migration API, which btw. is used by the site manager (Manage Content and Structure on a publishing site), but it will require you to write a bit of code.

Stefan Gossner has a nice blog post about the API:

You can find lots of good related Q&As on stackexchange when you search for 'Content Migration API'.

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