I tried using STSADM to export / import a site definition, it exported properly, but when i tried to import it, it gave me fatal error that couldn't find a webtemplate #id**** with LCID 1033, both sitecollections are on same server then why its asking for web template that is installed.

Link to another of my question that might help you understand for what I am trying to do here

Exact error

FatalError: Could not find WebTemplate #10016 with LCID 1033. at Microsoft.SharePoint.Deployment.ImportRequirementsManager.VerifyWebTemplat e(SPRequirementObject reqObj) at Microsoft.SharePoint.Deployment.ImportRequirementsManager.Validate(SPRequi rementObject reqObj) at Microsoft.SharePoint.Deployment.ImportRequirementsManager.DeserializeAndVa lidate() at Microsoft.SharePoint.Deployment.SPImport.VerifyRequirements() at Microsoft.SharePoint.Deployment.SPImport.Run() Progress: Import Completed. Finish Time: 7/13/2012 12:34:34 PM. Completed with 0 warnings. Completed with 1 errors.

I have 4 Site Collections atm

/ /a /b /c/d

I just created "d" as a new site collection dunno why it went into c tho, anyway

Source = /a/a.1/a.2

destination = /c/a.2

that's what I wanted but gave me above error while importing

  • Do you mean a site collection instead of a site definition? Jul 13, 2012 at 12:36
  • Can you post the EXACT error? Thanks. Jul 13, 2012 at 12:36
  • Is the destination in the same WebApplication? If not: are the same features/solutions deployed to the destination WebApp?
    – Dribbel
    Jul 13, 2012 at 13:22
  • its the same web app, I created a new site collections from central admin, So I guess its using same web APP. I added more information Jul 13, 2012 at 13:24
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    STSADM export is for subsites. STSADM backup is for site collections.
    – Kit Menke
    Jul 13, 2012 at 15:49

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There was problem with site collection so had to create a new one from scratch.

Hope it helps if someone else came across same problem :)

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