I am looking for a C# script that will move a site with all permissions and content to another site collection. Google isn't helping me or maybe i dont know what exactly to look for.


I have a site

usa3001.abcd.com\sites\mysite1 . . . usa3001.abcd.com\sites\mysite103

I want to create a new site collections , it should move all everything e.g. content and permissions

usa3001.abcd.com\mysite1 . . . usa3001.abcd.com\mysite102

I know I can use stsadm to export it and import it but that gonna take too much time and effort for support time and they wont know whats happening.

  • Why do you need a C# script when this can be easily done through stsadm.
    – ArkoD
    Jul 13, 2012 at 10:41
  • because i have hundreds of sites to be moved to new site collection Jul 13, 2012 at 10:42
  • i updated my question :) Jul 13, 2012 at 10:47
  • So write a script that calls STSADM commands?
    – Kit Menke
    Jul 13, 2012 at 15:59

3 Answers 3


For a single site (SPWeb) try using the content migration APIs. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms453426.aspx

SPExportObject exportObject = new SPExportObject();

and i've been successful with these settings:

            SPExportSettings settings = new SPExportSettings();
            settings.FileCompression = false;
            settings.ExportMethod = SPExportMethodType.ExportAll;
            settings.IncludeSecurity = SPIncludeSecurity.All;
            settings.IncludeVersions = SPIncludeVersions.All;
            settings.HaltOnWarning = false;
            settings.ExcludeDependencies = false;

For site collections you can do SPSiteCollection.Backup and SPSiteCollection.Restore:


        SPWebApplication webApp = SPWebApplication.Lookup("http://url");
        SPSiteCollection siteCollections = webApp.Sites;

Exporting a site should grab all the subsites as well. I just did that this week by exporting an entire site collection and importing it as a subsite within an existing site collection. Every subsite in the source site made it to the destination site.

I use:

stsadm -o export -url http://domain/sites/site -filename c:\temp\site.dat -nofilecompression -includeusersecurity -versions 4


stsadm -o import -url http://domain/sites/newsite/subsite -filename c:\temp\site.dat -nofilecompression -includeusersecurity 
  • I tried that BEFORE but I am getting error, here is link for that question sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/40925/… Jul 13, 2012 at 12:01
  • I don't think you want to use export/import for a site collection. You would use backup/restore for a site collection.
    – Kit Menke
    Jul 13, 2012 at 15:58
  • In this case, it was to export a site collection to import as a subsite in another site collection. Backup and restore works if you need it to be a different top level collection but doesn't work properly if doing it as a subsite. Jul 13, 2012 at 16:28
  • I have just a site with tens of subsites and more subsites in it, and I want to add this site to another site collection, I tried Import & export but I am getting error for that, and not sure if backup will get me everything, i tried to back up using central administration but i guess thats only for web applications and site collections in sharepoint 2007 Jul 16, 2012 at 8:23
  • First of all backup the site collection using stsadm -o backup and restore it to the new location /sites/mysitexyz and then use the content and strucutre to move the sites from sub-locations to top locations and then delete the parent webs. You can also use SharePoint designer backup and restore subsites(not site collection) if they are small sites. I trust more to SP designer than import/export cmd as it works well for me compare to import/export.
    – user994521
    Jul 20, 2012 at 1:20

Great question!

I found this article to be a good resource for me on this topic: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms438819.aspx

(Content Migration object model, the most flexible option)

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