I am trying to copy items to a list but it sits on a different farm in the same domain. Please point me in the right direction. Some of the code is as below:

string _destination = null;
        string _url = null;

            string FieldID = sourceItem["Field 1"].ToString();
            string EmpInitials = "";

            foreach (SPListItem itemL in listItems)
                if (itemL["Destination List"].ToString().ToLower() == _employer.ToLower())
                    _url = itemL["Site Url"].ToString();

            using (SPSite DestinationSite = new SPSite(_url)) 
                SPWeb DestinationWeb = DestinationSite.OpenWeb();
                SPList DestinationList = DestinationWeb.Lists.TryGetList(Destination);

                if (DestinationList != null)
                    SPListItemCollection dListItems = DestinationList.Items;
                    SPListItem newItem = dListItems.Add();
                    newItem["Field 1"] = ClaimNumber;
  • Do you know what part of your code that does not work?
    – Pantani
    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:48
  • The code works fine if the site is on the same web application but if it is on another farm I get the error : System.IO.FileNotFoundException: The Web application at sitename/lists/dest could not be found. Verify that you have typed the URL correctly. If the URL should be serving existing content, the system administrator may need to add a new request URL mapping to the intended application.
    – Chester238
    Mar 5, 2014 at 11:53
  • You could try accessing the list on the other farm by using WCF Data Services. Please refer to the following link Accessing SharePoint 2010 Lists by Using WCF Data Services
    – Pantani
    Mar 5, 2014 at 12:52

3 Answers 3


You are using server side API. It can only be executed on a SharePoint Server and can only access current farm.

If you want to access sites in another farm you need to use CSOM or web services.


Here's a suggestion:

SharePoint 2013: PowerShell to copy or update list items across SharePoint sites and farms


I believe it supports 2010 to 2013, 2010 to 2010, and 2013 to 2013.


If that doesn't tickle your fancy you can try it via web services:

How to: Update List Items


Lists.UpdateListItems Method


I used the snippets from the above links to add the process to a WCF service that was on the same WFE as the remote sharepoint server (different domain too) and made a call to that web service from a web part that was on the local sharepoint server. This allowed me to insert or update list items on both servers.

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