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Best practices for moving content from dev or staging to production

  Asked By: Julianne    Date: Mar 26    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 3666

I am attempting to move content from a dev server to a production
In the past I have used stsadm -o backup on the original server and
stsadm -o restore on the new server..that usually works, but I have
also seen some security errors surface..in addition, this method has
caused problems with items that exist in the style library not "moving"
over and being referenced properly.

I tried content deployment from Central Admin. and I can't seem to get
that to work either..I get an error that the folder /style library
already exists.

What is the recommended best practice?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Khushi Srivastava     Answered On: Mar 26

Your problem with content  Deployment is that the first time you use content
deployment the destination website needs to be either a Blank Site or an empty
site (built using STSADM with no template). But the first thing you need to
consider is whether everything you are trying to deploy is actually "content".
Backup/Restore, Export/Import, and Content deployment  will only move  content
that is stored in the content database. Web part assemblies stored in the bin
folder or GAC and other files like Features deployed to the 12 hive will not be
moved using any of these methods. To move these file system based files to
another server  you will need to create one or more Solutions (WSP) files.

Answer #2    Answered By: Arti Patel     Answered On: Mar 26

Best way I have seen are 3rd party tools. Something Like DocAve allows you to do
that really easily.