We are in the process of setting up a new 2013 farm.

We have some PS scripts that will build it out similar in structure to our old 2007 build.

We are trying to build a template site for intitial roll out to pre-populate the sites with some Apps (i.e. calendar, etc.).

Started with the initial Site Collection and learned the hard way about the Publishing Infrastructure piece.

Created a new Site Collection based off of the Team Site. I am guessing Publishing is turned off by default in 2013. Verified Publishing was not on at the Site Collection or Site level. The page opened fine. I went into settings, Save Site as a template is available. Nothing has been added to site. However, I get the "Sorry, something went wrong." I tried to do it via "_layouts/15/savetempl.aspx", a suggestion from Google, and it did not work.

Tried the above only with a Community Site and it did not work either.

Checked the features turned on at the Web Application level and nothing screams turn me off.

Is there a nerd knob I missed? Most GoogleResearch focuses on the Publishing Aspect of it.

  • Are you able to see anything in the logs? It sounds like a permissions issue to me
    – Dovahkiin
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:55
  • Additional testing, created a BlankSite via powershell and got another middle finger. Jan 23, 2014 at 19:09

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It turned out to be the STIG requirement of having FIPs enabled. Once we disabled FIPs, we were able to Save Sites as a Template as long as it was a clean site without Publishing Infrastructure being turned on.


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