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I have one web application with site collections. Then I have a subsite inside. I want to export this subsite (and only this one), and import it in a new web app I will create.

Question is : Is this possible ? I'm guessing, ofc, with powershell Import/Export-SPWeb. This seems easy. But When I will import it, will my subsite, becoming a entire site, will use a the new web app's database ? Because I want to separate its database.

If you have any advice :)

Thanks

Nico.

UPDATE1: The Export-SPWeb and Import-SPWeb exit with errors : HRESULT : 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED) on some files (like AllItems.aspx). But it creates documents libraries as I expected. But it does not create the home page, and the personnalization I did.

And the documents libraries it created returns a 404 not found when I try to open them...

I tried using -UseSqlSnapshot with my Export-SPWeb but it seems like my SQL version does not support this. But I don't think that this parameter would have change anything.

  • If I save my subsite as a template, and then create the new one with this template, maybe it will work. Just an idea, I'll try. – Nico Apr 22 '14 at 7:46
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Not an exact apples to apples comparison, but here it is......

I used the following link to backup and restore.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/erica/archive/2013/11/26/customer-question-renaming-site-collections-in-sharepoint-2013.aspx

I used the powershell script under paragraph "Move Site Collection from Test to Prod".

Backup-SPSite http://sp-test.contoso.net/sites/research –Path E:\BackupServer\BackupShare\ResearchBackup.bak -UseSqlSnapshot

Restore-SPSite http://sp.contoso.net/sites/research –Path E:\BackupServer\BackupShare\ResearchBackup.bak

There is another paragraph (Renaming) that had it all in one script (I believe), but I elected to do it in two separate scripts.

Backup-SPSite http://sp.contoso.net/sites/HR –Path E:\Backup\HRBackup.bak -UseSqlSnapshot Restore-SPSite http://sp.contoso.net/sites/HumanResources -Path E:\Backup\HRBackup.bak Remove-SPSite http://sp.contoso.net/sites/HR –GradualDelete

I ran bolded Restore command in a separate script. It created a new Site Collection and put it into an open ContentDB.

Started the PS script with: Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.

  • Please add more details, your answer is to dependent on the link (if it breaks it will be of no help to future readers) – Robert Lindgren Apr 18 '14 at 15:43
  • Thanks for your answer. I use Export-SPWeb and Import-SPWeb. But the Export-SPWeb log show me lots of error while exporting pages (HRESULT : 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED)). And the Import-SPWeb tells me that it will work, only if the tree structure is exactly the same. Maybe the Backup-SPSite works properly. I will tset out things, and come back when it will be done. The Backup-SPSite works while the site is in use ? And this command created its own collection site ? Really ? – Nico Apr 22 '14 at 6:55
  • The Backup-SPSite saves the whole collection site no ? If I just want to save one subsite, will it works ? EDIT : test it, and it does not work since I'm trying to save/move a subsite, not a site collection. – Nico Apr 22 '14 at 7:00
  • Try using stsadm -o export -url http:\\your.site -filename e:\export.cab -includesecurity I was able to export a subsite in a Site Collection. I user stsadm -o import -url http:\\your.site -filename e:\export.cab -includesecurity to put it in another. It is time consuming. It would go through the export process before getting error feedback, but you could find out what they are. – David Jenkins Apr 22 '14 at 13:28
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Question is : Is this possible ?

Yes. You can export-import subsites. Ensure that You have all same features activated in new site-collection (target site-collection)

But When I will import it, will my subsite, becoming a entire site, will use a the new web app's database ?

You cannot export-import site collections ('sites', as You say). But You can create another site-col and restore (import) subsite there.

Because I want to separate its database.

You can create site-collection in same WSS_Content database, or add separate database for this new site-collection (SharePoint puts new site-collections using its own order, but You can set first database to readonly and SharePoint will use new database. Use this article and google)

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