I am trying to restore a site (http://server:7457) to another site (http://server:80) on the same server.

I had took the backup of the first site using SharePoint Administration Central. When I restore the backup I am getting an error saying "Your backup is from a different version of Microsoft SharePoint Foundation and cannot be restored to a server running the current version. The backup file should be restored to a server with version '' or later."

I've tried the below commands.

Restore-SPSite -Identity "http://server" -path "C:\28-04-2014\Site1.bak" -Force

STSADM.EXE -o restore -url http://server/ -filename "C:\28-04-2014\Site1.bak" -overwrite

How to fix this?

Thanks in advance.

  • could you please check from the Central admin > upgrade and migration > review the database status check if the database which attached to server:7457 required the upgrade? do the same thing with target web application. – Waqas Sarwar MVP Apr 29 '14 at 3:12
  • Is it an old backup? If you applied patches (SP or CU) between the backup and the restore, you will get this error message – Louis Apr 29 '14 at 3:20
  • how did you take backup of the site, did you use backup-spsite cmdlet? Version should not matter since you are trying to restore it on the same server. are you missing any parameter in the restore command (nofilecompression, includeusersecurity etc) – Sudhir Kesharwani Apr 29 '14 at 3:21

Check your database version using following

 Get-SPContentDatabase <DB name>| Format-List *

In this check the SchemaVersionXML if it is "" then you have to run the below powershell script

 **Upgrade-SPContentDatabse –Identity <DB Name>

and then take fresh back up and try.

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