Is there any way to move a subsite from one parent to another in SharePoint Foundations 2010?

I know it is done in the "content and structure" features but SharePoint Foundations does not have the "Office SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure" feature or the "Office SharePoint Server Publishing" feature which enable the "content and structure" feature.

Has anyone been able to get around this?

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You can use the powershell command.

first export the subsite

[Export-SPWeb][2] -Identity -Path [-ItemUrl ] [-IncludeUserSecurity] [-IncludeVersions] [-NoFileCompression] [-GradualDelete] [-Verbose]

Now you need to import it at desitnation:

[Import-SPWeb][3] [-Identity] <SPWebPipeBind> -Path <String> [-ActivateSolutions <SwitchParameter>] [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-Force ] [-IncludeUserSecurity ]  [-UpdateVersions <Append | Overwrite | Ignore>]

Another method you can try to save the subsite as Save As Template.

  • I just tried the save as template method and that seemed to work. Haven't had any experience with the powershell so I'm a little cautious to try it. Jun 5, 2015 at 15:00
  • we want to make sure to solve the issue in either way....so enjoy the sharepointing
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jun 5, 2015 at 15:02
  • That's fine, what abt the save as template method?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jun 5, 2015 at 18:33
  • That one worked. Jun 5, 2015 at 19:16

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