I need to create a copy of publishing(Collobaration Portal) site collection on the same web application. I can do this by using backup/restore, but the problem is when we restore the same site collection on the same web application on different url, then we have to create this site collection in a new database, which is completely fine as restore does restore the same GUIDS for lists (Which cannot co-exist in the same Db). I need to make multiple copies of the same site collection on the same web application. Now the question is.. if I am replicating a single site collection so many times on the same web application on different URLs(and also in different Db's), will it be a problem in the future? or can I go ahead and replicate the site collection?
Landing site collection - http://extranet
1st Site collection(This site collection will be replicated) - http://extanet/sites/site1
2nd site collection(this is a copy of 1st site collection on same web app on different URL) - http://extranet/sites/site2
3rd site collection(this is a copy of 1st site collection on same web app on different URL) - http://extranet/sites/site3