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I was wondering if it is possible to create a backup of a Web Application or (top level) Site Collection and restore it without the contents (documents) in order to preserve only the site structure (and features).

The gist is to create a copy of the production environment without the documents for a new development environment.

Thank you in advance.

marked as duplicate by Arsalan Adam Khatri, Eric Alexander Apr 4 '14 at 17:20

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You can save site collection as a template without including content. Then create new site collection based on that template.

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