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for testing purposes I need to restore a site collection form our Live environment to our test farm environment. I have done this a few times where a site collection has its own database, but in this occasion, the content database in question contains several other site collections that do not require restore.

Is there a way to only restore the content of 1 site collection?

How would I go about doing this?

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you can do it couple of ways.

Backup and restore Site collection

Move site into own content DB

  • create a new content db
  • use move-spsite to move the site collection into the new content db
  • now use Database baackup or restore method.

Restore Unattached Content DB

  • restore the content db in test farm.
  • then just take the backup of site collection in question, using the central admin Unattached Content DB restore.
  • restore that backup.

lastly, you can restore the content DB then delete all the unwanted site collections.

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You will want to use the SharePoint Unattended Content Database Restore method. The TechNet article linked provides the exact steps that you need to follow.

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