Quite often I use site collections per calender year. They contain team sites with task lists and datawebsites(multipage meetingsites). When you copy the individual websites they do exactly what I want, keep the tasks and empty the datasites. Both are in the same site collection. So I thought if I can copy the site collection than it will save a lot of time. Any ideas, to do it the easy way?

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To be able to create a site collection from a template, that template needs to be available at farm level (you should see it as an option in the create site collection page under app management). Saving a site as a template will save it at the site collection level. This article describes how to make your template a site collection template:



If you save the root of the site collection as a template (STP file) I think it saves the subsites (your meeting workspaces).

  • thanks for the suggestion. I thought I'd give it a try and have tested it in my WSS. But this is not giving me the result I'm looking for for more reasons: - A site template can be created, but when it is re used it behaves as a site and not as a site collection, it looses all sub sites. - It cannot be used as a template for a site collection, because a site collection is not catered for custom sites,it only has collaboration and meeting site templates. I wished it was because than it might work. So sorry, but I have to go deeper, do you have a better alternative, or someoneelse? Commented Mar 14, 2011 at 19:32
  • I did save the root of the site collection with site actions>site settings>save as a template. But if I create the new site from this template, all subsites have disappeared. This is exactly the reason why I have raised this question. because I would realy like to have a solution that simple as you suggest. I don't want to go all the way in the application management in WSS, it is the intention to have such an option available for the site admin Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 9:30

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