I have SharePoint 2010 farm and from this, I want to move some sites and site collections to SharePoint 2016 web application. In sp 2016 farm there is web application created with sp 2016 content database.

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This move is called migration of sites. There are two ways to achieve this migration.

  • Use the 3rd party tool which will directly migrate Sites/sitecollections from 2010 farm to SharePoint 2016. i.e. Sharegate, metalogix etc
  • In 2nd method, you have to build a SharePoint 2013 farm in between SharePoint 2010 & sharePoint 2016. It is called database upgrade method.
    • create SharePoint 2013 farm.
    • Take the backup of SharePoint 2010 Databaste (which has all sites)
    • restore it in SharePoint 2013, fully upgrade to Sharepoint 2013 level
    • Now take the backup of database from SharePoint 2013 farm and Restore it SharePoint 2016
    • Upgrade the restore DB to SP 2016.
    • Now test the site collections
  • Hi in sp 2016 there is already web application I want to move site collection and sub sites under this web application ,for this can I use export site?
    – adilahmed
    Dec 18, 2018 at 16:06
  • yes if the sites are already in SharePoint 2016 but not directly from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Dec 18, 2018 at 16:14
  • those sites coll, subsites I am moving those do not exist in the sp2016 web application, and i don't want to create separate content db .
    – adilahmed
    Dec 19, 2018 at 5:05
  • Problem is you cannot do direct migration. Once you have database in the SharePoint 2016...you can move the site collections in the existing DB using Move-spsite command, also export & import the sites in desired site collection
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Dec 19, 2018 at 15:08
  • Other wise use the 3rd party to tool to avoid all this
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Dec 19, 2018 at 15:09

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