is it possible to backup/restore only permissions for an SP2013 site?

Trying to be proactive for our SP2013 on-prem site.


Not out of the box. I looked to see if a developer could create an Event Receiver that could do this, but I could not find an event that fires for a list/library item when inheritance is broken.


@MikeSmith has right, it's not supported OOB. You don't need however any event receivers to achieve that. We have a home-made PowerShell + C# -based solution for a similar problem (we aim to document the state of the permission settings on a daily basis, kind of reporting, to be able to confirm / reproduce the settings later). It simply browses the structure of the site structure, looking for the security settings and archives them into CSV-files and / or SQL tables.

  • Would you mind sharing this with me at all? – SharePointQuestion Aug 2 '19 at 15:21
  • Sorry I can't / am not allowed to. It's a solution we created for a customer, and it is the property of that customer. – pholpar Aug 6 '19 at 10:56
  • would you be able to point in the right direction as to how I could accomplish this on my own? Maybe some sites which helped you? – SharePointQuestion Aug 6 '19 at 19:08

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