I am having SharePoint 2013 Foundation environment. I have created a Web Application and then created a root level Site Collection.

I have developed a custom application using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. The resource files are stored in Style Library folder.

Now I want to move all the development to new Root Site Collection of the Web Application in another farm.

How can I achieve this?

I want to avoid the process of uploading all files to new Site Collection's Style Library, creating all the pages in Site Pages and referencing the files in Content Editor Web Part.


You have two options

  1. Database-Attach upgrade.
  2. Backup and Restore.


  1. Database-Attach upgrade Steps

    • In source farm, Take a backup of the content database that holds your site collection via SQL Management Studio.
    • In destination farm, Create A web application, Site Collection.
    • In destination farm, Dismount the web application content database, via this command

      Dismount-SPContentDatabase "<ContentdBName>"
    • In destination , via SQL Management Studio , Restore the content database.

    • In destination , Mount it to the created web application,

      Mount-SPContentDatabase "<ContentDb>" -DatabaseServer "<DbServer>" -WebApplication http://SiteName
    • In destination farm, Change Site Collection administrator to avoid the access permission issue. by going to site Setting > Site Collection Administrator.

    • Finally, deploy your custom web part solutions as mentioned at Install and deploy a SharePoint (WSP) Solution Package using SharePoint Shell

  1. BackUp and Restore Site collection

    • Take a backup of site collection from the source farm.

      Backup-SPSite -Identity http://siteURL -Path "C:\\MoveSiteCollection.bak"
    • Restore the backup.

      Restore-SPSite -Identity http://url -Path "C:\\MoveSiteCollection.bak"

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    Thanks for the update. I have selected the second approach. It worked :-) – Aakash Maurya Nov 23 '17 at 7:21
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    Glad to hear that :) – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Nov 23 '17 at 7:57

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