Trying to import one subsite from one site to other exported the site successfully using

Export-SPWeb –Identity http://sitename -Path E:\backups\site.cmp

but when trying to import using the below command

Import-SPWeb https://newsitename -Path "E:\backups\site.cmp" –UpdateVersions:Overwrite

i am getting below error as shown in screen shot enter image description here

  • add the Identity parameter before URL, and remove semicolon between updateversions and overwrite
    – JayHell
    May 24, 2016 at 18:10
  • new site is already created or not? also try to put -identity parameter in it.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    May 24, 2016 at 18:11
  • Hi Waqas it is not created.The site am trying to import is HH and I want it to be same name so do i need to create a site on HH into before I do import?
    – SPLearner
    May 24, 2016 at 18:12
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    ok create a new subsite on that path( where you trying to restore) then run the import command
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    May 24, 2016 at 18:15
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    create a subsite without any template then it will save u from tons of things... like this New-SPWeb sitename dont assign any template.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    May 24, 2016 at 18:16

1 Answer 1


to run the import command, you have to make sure couple of things.

  1. Make sure destination site collection / subsite should be created 1st. Iw ould prefer to create it using powerShell without assigning any template. New-SPWeb http://sitename
  2. Now run the Import command.
  • thanks waqas that was simply perfect solution without any hiccups you are the savior!
    – SPLearner
    May 24, 2016 at 18:28

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