We need to make changes to the design of the site. Unfortunately the client doesn't have the luxury of a Dev environment. What would be the best way to allow the Devs to perform work on a backup of the existing WebApp while in the same environment of the Prod?


We have achieved this by running a backup of the Site Collection and restoring it to a newly created Web Application. All is working as intended and the Dev's can do their work.

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  • As long as everyone is aware of the caveats, running two web applications should be sufficient. However, if your team is building farm solutions, then you need farm level isolation. – Roman Nov 26 '15 at 6:44

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