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Export/Import MOSS Document Library

  Asked By: Dianna    Date: Jan 11    Category: MOSS    Views: 5743

Is there any tool to export/import MOSS document library from one site
to another and keep all time stamps and versions?

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Answer #1    Answered By: Caleb Gordon     Answered On: Jan 11

I'm not entirely certain, but if you do a:

Stsadm.exe -o export -url http://<sharepoint site to export> -filename
<letter, path, filename.bak> -includeusersecurity -versions 4

That should export all of the information so that you can reimport it
using:

Stsadm.exe -o import http://<new location on other server> -filename
<location and name of backup> -includeusersecurity -updateversions 1

I got this out of the Microsoft SharePoint Admin Pocket Consultant that
Ben Curry wrote... It's highly useful and full of these sort of
examples.

I used it to move all of the upgraded sites under the Site Directory so
that they would inherit the look and feel of the Welcome page
(top-level-site).

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Elisa Santos     Answered On: Jan 11

I believe export/import is only working on site level, as far as I
know and tried. Let me try it again.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Judy Pittman     Answered On: Jan 11

Just confirmed, can not export a document  library.

Any idea or tool  suggested?

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Arlene Hodge     Answered On: Jan 11

You can save the list as a template. Then save to file system, and
upload it to another Site Collection for use.

 
Answer #5    Answered By: Jolene Sandoval     Answered On: Jan 11

this does not work with group of files or DL larger
than 10MB.

 
Answer #6    Answered By: Brandan Roach     Answered On: Jan 11

If you want to move one library  from an existing site to another
existing site, I'm guessing you'll either need to use a third-party
tool or lose the metadata.

Doing a site backup and restore in SP Designer or STSADM will keep
all of the metadata (like data/time stamps and creator info), but
you'd have to restore the whole site (not just a library). If you
save library as template and include content, you can recreate the
library by importing the template to another site collection, but
then you lose the original date/time stamps, etc. Also, as previously
mentioned, this method has a default limit of 10MB, so it doesn't
work for many libraries.

I think some third party back/up and restore tools may allow you to
do a library restore to a new location, but I'm not sure. I know
there are migration tools out there, but I haven't tried any of them.

I know I've moved files from one library to another by setting up
network places for the libraries, then using windows explorer to drag
and drop files. I think this either only worked w/in a single site or
site collection. I know it only made "copies" when I tried it across
site collections.

Confused? Me too. I am pulling this info from memory, which is
always dangerous. You could test it out in a dev environment and see
which option will work for you.

Good luck! This is something that's always been a big problem w/
SharePoint for file storage. We've struggled w/ it for awhile, and
it's frustrating when you have to keep buying 3rd party tools to do
what you'd assume to be basic functionality. :P Oh well- Microsoft
definitely keeps lots of other companies in business!

 
Answer #7    Answered By: Kai Carney     Answered On: Jan 11

Step 1:

stsadm.exe -o setproperty -propertyname max-template-document-size
-propertyvalue 50000000

Step 2:

From the document  Library or List Settings, 'Save document library  as
template', and then browse to the list template gallery.

Step3:

Right click and 'save as' to the local hard drive (check 'include
content' checkbox

Step 4:

Upload this template to another site collection template gallery.

Ste 5:

Use it!

 
Answer #8    Answered By: Gaurav Nemane     Answered On: Jan 11

You can use STSADM to set the max-template-document-size property to greater
than 10 MB to get around that. You can also use SharePoint Designer to export a
Web Package that consists of document  libraries and other content.

 
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