I am creating a huge project site template in SharePoint 2010, which will contain multiple subsites and sub-subsites. However I have just found out that when saving it as a template the subsites are not saved with it.

I have done some research and I have found out that it can be done using Powershell.

I only have owner access. And I do not have access to SharePoint Central administration. But I hope IT will be able to help me, how ever I don't know how much expertise they have with SharePoint when it comes to coding and PowerShell.

Can anyone help me with a step by step guide to how to do this in Powershell?

I would greatly appreciate if any one can help me.

Thank you :-)

  • This has its permissive background. Your requirement is in fact saving a template of a site collection. If you only have owner access for a (root) site in your site collection, the permission's scope doesn't extend over the complete site collection. Therefore you'd at minimum need to have site collection administrator permission level. See this related question as well.
    – moe
    Jul 18, 2017 at 7:55
  • The template is not meant to be saved as a site collection. We have a site collection which contains all project sites. Untill now the subsites for a project site have been added manually. But we would like to optimize this procedure by having the subsites added to the template. Jul 18, 2017 at 8:16
  • Right, I understand your requirement. Have you seen the following question: Trying to create a template with subsites? That should be the step-by-step I'd give for your need.
    – moe
    Jul 18, 2017 at 8:51


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