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List with linked field in another site?

  Asked By: Garret    Date: Sep 04    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1144

I have a list which I want to make into a template for others in the
business to utilize. It has a linked field (which creates a dropdown
field based on another list in the site) and I would like to make this
function no matter where the template is used. The list the field is
linked to is available to all who would create a new list using the
template so security should not be an issue. Is there a way to link a
field to a list which is not in the current site?

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Answer #1    Answered By: Irvin Foley     Answered On: Sep 04

This is one of my 12 SharePoint platform busters. You must link  a lookup
field to a list  that is within the same SharePoint Web. The only work
around that I currently know of (and I've searched for workarounds) is
to have a redundant copy of the lookup list in every Web.

But, that doesn't fully address the problem either. Lookup fields are
based upon the GUID of the list to which they are related. So, you
cannot save the list as a List Template and use it on another Web. Even
if that Web has an exact copy of the lookup list, the GUID will be
different. So, the lookup field  will need to be deleted and re-added.

Hopefully this issue  will be addressed in the next release of
SharePoint.

 
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