I want to create one new sharepoint site for testing using our sharepoint public facing website backup.

I know how to take the backup from sharepoint but my concern is can we take backup of a file on business hours because daily we use to get more than 1.5laks visitors.

And after taking the backup how to restore it to the new sharepoint site and I want to restore it to our testing environment. Please if anyone has idea then kindly tell me.

Thanks in advance

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Regarding 1 question, assuming you are taking backup of site via central admin, backup command powershell or export command. Ideally you should do it during non business hours because, during time when backup is taken site will be made read only for some amount of time(until backup is completed). I would prefer backup command using powershell.

Backup-SPSite [-Identity] <SPSitePipeBind> -Path <String> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-NoSiteLock <SwitchParameter>] [-UseSqlSnapshot <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

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After taking backup, you can take the backup file to your testing environment. Identify a site collection on which you need to restore the backup. Use Powershell commands to restore site.

Restore-SPSite -Identity <SiteCollectionURL> -Path <Backup file> [-DatabaseServer <DatabaseServerName>] [-DatabaseName <ContentDatabaseName>] [-HostHeader <Host header>] [-Force] [-GradualDelete] [-Verbose]

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Note - Using powershell, we can only take backup of site collection, to restore a site collection we need to use powershell only.

Option to backup without power shell command.

  1. Go to Central Admin on Production environment, on left panel, click on Backup and Restore. Under Granual Backup- Perform a site collection backup, select required site collection and provide file name in text box.

Other option is to attach/detach content database, but this will be lengthy process just to move a site collection from one environment to another.

  • Dear sir, Thank you so much for your response. May I please know cant we perform these methods without powershell commands??
    – Asrar
    Nov 14, 2016 at 9:21
  • please refer edited answer. Nov 14, 2016 at 9:34
  • you are welcome, please upvote and mark it answer... :) Nov 14, 2016 at 9:57

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