Moving sites and subsites within SharePoint 2007

 

There is a really cool way that you can move a sharepoint site up or down in your hierarchy.
Let’s say you created a sharepoint site your root level (ie http://intranet/website) and six months later you decide it really should be contained under your IT subsite (http://intranet/it/website). You can use the program STSADM to move a site from one location to another.
Steps to move a WSS subsite.
1. Create the new target URL (I created a blank site @ http://intranet/it/website)
2. Fire up the command line
3. CD \”Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN”
4. Export the old URL using the following Command:
stsadm -o export -url http://intranet/website -filename c:\test\backup.cmp
5. Import the file back into Sharepoint using the the following command:
stsadm -o import -url http://intranet/it/website -filename c:\test\backup.cmp
That’s it! You have moved your website. You need to check user permissions especially if you are moving to a new subsite!
OTHER COOL STUFF: There is an option to -includeusersecurity while you do the export. You can also choose whether or not to pull all the revisionhistory over with the doc libs or not…
For a full view of options for Export / Import, run the following commands to see all your options:
stsadm -o export
stsadm -o import

 

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