I'm having a tough time cracking this and need some assistance. Below is a site called TestSite, that is used to archive other sites not in use located at contoso.com/sites/Prong2/JRS/testsite/default.aspx:

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I want to archive a site called Sporting Goods, which resides in another site collection, as a subsite that will be located at the Sites and Workspaces section along with the subsite Archive Test shown below:

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I am familiar with the Powershell cmdlets to export and import a site but I came across a problem I need assistance with. For some reason when I export a site, the site that I exported is still available in the original location that it was from. My understanding is when I export a site using Powershell that it would remove the site from its original location. Can someone clarify why it isn't so? Lastly, is there a cmdlet I can use to archive a site as a subsite? Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Exporting isn't a cut/paste operation, it is a copy/paste operation. When you are done with the export/import process, you'll want to then use the remove-spweb or remove-spsite to delete the old site.

  • Thanks for the clarification. Do you know of a way to import a site as a subsite to TestSite that I have above in my initial query? I have tried the import and I messed up and it imported a site on top of another site (copy&paste). I want to import a site (Sporting Goods) and make it a subsite of TestSite. Any help would be appreciated.
    – Nina G
    Dec 29, 2015 at 16:50

If you don't require PowerShell, then you can use SharePoint's "Content and Structure" aka "Site Manager" to move a subsite from its current location to a new location.

In the root site, go to Site Settings > Site Administration > Content and Structure.

Use the Site Manager interface to select the site, move the site, and select a destination.

Note that if you don't see the "Content and Structure" option in site settings, you'll need to activate the "SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure" Site Collection Feature.

  • My dilemma here is that the site called Sporting Goods belongs to a different Site Collection. Any suggestions on how I can move a site called Sporting Goods from Site Collection A as a subsite to a site called TestSite in Site Collection B for example? Any help would be appreciated.
    – Nina G
    Dec 29, 2015 at 16:55
  • Crossing site collections was not clear in your question. The Site Manager won't work across site collections thus your options are to continue with export/import process you are defining or start looking to a 3rd Party solution like ShareGate's migration tool for example.
    – Erik Perez
    Dec 29, 2015 at 18:14

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