In below which options are suitable to upgrade a SharePoint 2013 SiteCollection to SharePoint 2016 here I don't want to upgrade the existing database but create a new content database in SharePoint 2013 Farm and Upgrade it to SharePoint 2016

  1. Backup-SPSite and Restore-SpSite
  2. Move-SPSite
  3. Copy-Site

I restored Prodcution content database in development environment

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I would prefer the move-spsite but only draw back is you have to reset IIS after running that command. If IIS reset is not a problem or plan it after hours then this one is good choice.

Alternatively, i would go with backup and restore method.

  • If I create new web application & content database is back up and restore is a good option?
    – adilahmed
    Jun 14, 2019 at 11:55
  • within same farm or new farm? within same farm no need to create new web application, just simply backup & store site collection in new db within same web application. after that move that db to new farm and upgrade it
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jun 14, 2019 at 13:05

The only option you have is Move-SPSite to a new database. It is not supported to use Backup-SPSite and restore from 2013 to 2016 with Restore-SPSite.

  • you mean, we cant move a site collection into own database using backup & restore method?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jun 12, 2019 at 20:42
  • You can't use Restore-SPSite to transfer the site to a new version of SharePoint.
    – user6024
    Jun 12, 2019 at 20:43
  • that i know but questions is what is best method to move site into own database after that upgrade that database. backup and restore a site into new database within same version. is it not supported?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jun 12, 2019 at 20:46
  • if I use Move-spite there is no need to upgrade the 2013 content DB to 2016?
    – adilahmed
    Jun 13, 2019 at 5:30

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