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We have one HNSC created in our SP2013 farm.Now we have a requirement to create separate web application created instead of this existing HNSC. Is there any step by step guide to convert the Existing HNSC to New separate web application?

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Yes you can move a a Host Name Site Collection (HNSC) from one web application to another via Backup-SPSite and Restore-SPSite as the following:

  • Take a backup of your site collection via PowerShell Backup-SPSite -Identity <SiteCollectionGUIDorURL> -Path <BackupFile>
  • Crate a new web application,
  • Restore your site collection to the new web application. Restore-SPSite -Identity <SiteCollectionGUIDorURL> -Path <BackupFile>
  • Remove site collection from old web application based on your requirements.Remove-SPSite -Identity < Old SiteCollectionGUIDorURL> -Confirm:$false
  • Delete backup file.Remove-Item "<BackupFile>"

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