I'm supposed to be copying a production SharePoint site to a dev SharePoint site (by hand).

I've gotten to the point where we have InfoPath forms from production and I've changed the publish location to the dev server. After publishing 4 slightly different forms (and creating new content types from each) I have multiples of the same exact column existing in the document library. On the production sharepoint they do group together.

I'd like to know why they don't group together like other column titles, and how to fix them.

Other information:

  • I don't have permissions to view how the content types are set up on production. I'm going off of the best guess that I have from what I can see.

  • Don't have quick access to ask the person who made the production site about it, as I have to go through my manager for any questions first. We "don't want to bother the person too much, as they're busy"

  • The content types you see here are children of content types that were created from the InfoPath forms. The only addition to the xyz_{standard|special} content type is an Inactive column. Which funnily enough, groups just fine even though it's in all 4 forms.

  • I can't click and edit any of the content type columns from the views you see below, since they all belong to the content types, not the Document Library.

  • The column names are also duplicated in the Column view from Settings Gear -> Site Settings -> Site Columns

Production view

View of production columns

Dev view

View of dev columns

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When you are working with infopath best practice is to pre-create all columns you need. Then when you publish the form you need to ensure your InfoPath fields are correctly mapped for promotion to sharepoint. If they are not mapped Infopath will create new fields.

on the side note: you will have differences between the PROD and PRE. Best way to migrate the PROD to DEV is to take content DB backup, restore it in pre and then remove production data if it is sensitive.

Alternatively you can ask for the form library template. (save library as template) and then create with it a new form libary in your dev environment.

  • Is there a special way to go about mapping the infopath fields? Just eyeballing them from the Properties pop up, they seem to be the same. Not even similar, like, exactly the same... but they didn't get grouped. I already asked about the db backup and restore, but was shot down. I didn't know about the form templates, I'll give that a shot. I'm trying to make do with what I have so far :/ I appreciate the help, thank you!
    – Scrambo
    Mar 21, 2019 at 17:41

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