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I'm about to perform a DB migration of an Intranet Publishing Site. Is it necessary to create the site collection before performing the DB restore?

  • FYI.. I'm removing the 2007/2010 tags from your Migration questions since you have that information elsewhere in the questions and these aren't necessarily version specific. – Kit Menke Aug 8 '12 at 18:50
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To be clearer, you actually only need an Web Application to which you would attach the database. I would highly recomand before doing that go through checking/testing at least by using:

  1. Test-SPContentDatabase which will tell you if you got all other dependencies installed, etc. (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263026.aspx)
  2. Run pre-upgrade checker (see here http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc262231(office.14).aspx)

Also you would need at least MOSS with SP2 to be able to run these commands. There is so much documentation written on the subject. Start here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262792

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Yes, typically the I usually do it is, provision a web application and a site collesction then I detach the content database, copy the database accross and attach db to the site collection.

Use this to mount DB to the existing sitecollection after attaching to the new server:

Mount-SPContentDatabase "" -DatabaseServer "" -WebApplication siteUrl

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