I'd like to be able to export/import (or backup/restore) lists and document libraries only, with versioning and access rights.

If it is a custom list (deployed via feature), I understand that the feature needs to be deployed prior to import (or restore).

I can't use "save as template", as the list is too big to include content.

stsadm -o export doesn't seem to be able to do this. Is there an alternative?

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The SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard should be able to do what you want.


YOu can export a list by going to the list settings and then click the save as template link (you can choose to include / exclude content). The template is then usable for creating new lists, but can also be downloaded as an stp file.

  • Thanks, but there is a size limit
    – mathieu
    Commented Aug 24, 2009 at 8:53

Here is how I performed the task of exporting a list from 2007 and importing that list to 2010.

  • 1) in 2007, go to your top level site in your web part. Modify settings-> galleries-> list templates. click the list template you want to export, save to disk.
  • 2) change the stp to a cab extension. export the manifest.xml. change the version from 3 to 4 in the .xml (close to the top of the file.). create a new cab file using the makecab file.
  • 3) rename extension of cab file to stp.
  • 4)go into 2010 web app, top site, site settings-> gallery-> list templates -> insert the new stp. create a new list using that template.
  • thanks for the update, but the question was 2007 to 2007 (migrated from SO). I updated the tags. Your answer will still be useful to know !
    – mathieu
    Commented Apr 23, 2012 at 7:56

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