What's major difference between export and backup and when to use backup and when i must use export? When I was working with backup,I found export and backup have ability to save your current data.But there must be some difference between them.

  • Is it regarding site backup and export
    – Sunil Sahu
    May 4, 2017 at 7:23
  • I used for a site and list May 4, 2017 at 7:25

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Both are for to backup the content in sharePoint,however the backup done through content db will restore the exact instance you have taken backup of whereas the export will create a new instance of the content. Means from export the siteID,ListID all changes and backup through content db the id's remains the same

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After consoluting with our partners I found following difference: 1-Export gets data from SharePoint and backup gets data from Database 2-Export is cross-version but backup works only in same version I hope this helps :)

  • If you use export, test to be sure you can import. I have used export and import to copy sites and occasionally I cannot import a site I exported: It gets errors. I recall one site where this happened and when I looked at the site with SharePoint Designer, there were documents that were uploaded (or maybe attached) that were sitting in he site outside of document libraries. I could see them in the tree in the All Files view. Once I deleted those, I could then export and import. Strange.
    – mannaggia
    May 4, 2017 at 10:18

Backup-SPSite is generally used when you want to replicate the entire site collection (including all subsites) to an existing web application.

Export-SPWeb is generally used when you want to replicate just a single subsite to an existing site collection.

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