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Move a site collection as sub web in another site collection

  Asked By: Rozi    Date: Feb 06    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 5565

I have backedup a site collection with root web (say RootWebB) having several
100's sub webs. We want to make one of those sub web, let's call it SubWebA, to
be the root web, making the root web a sub web of SubWebA and the rest of the
hierarchy intact within the root web.

I tried exporting the sub web separately and importing it into site collection.
That worked but as soon as I restore the backed up sitecollection(RootWebB) into
the sub web of SubwebA, the subwebA is deleted and the old sitecollection takes
over as root web.

How do I accomplish the above? We want to maintain the breadcrumb as



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Adya Deshmane     Answered On: Feb 06

The only way I know to do this is to use a 3rd party tool like DocAve
Content Manager. (The DocAve backup/restore solution does not allow you to
promote subsites to site  collections).

I've done it and it's really easy with DocAve. They have a 30 day trial too.

Answer #2    Answered By: Siobhan Waller     Answered On: Feb 06

I could accomplish  it using stsadm export and import.

Answer #3    Answered By: Lorenzo Steele     Answered On: Feb 06

Stsadm export and import will not turn a subsite into a root  site. Although
you can use it to move  a site  to a different place in your URL structure, it
will not take on the characteristics of a root site.

Answer #4    Answered By: Divakar Naik     Answered On: Feb 06

This is what I did-

Exported (stsadm export) subweb- created new site  collection (siteColA) with
blank template, imported subweb to new url.
Exported (stsadm export) the root  site (siteColOLD) collection- created a subweb
using blank template under SiteColA- imported siteColOLD under the new subweb.

Will the above work? It seems to work right now.

Answer #5    Answered By: Marcus Davis     Answered On: Feb 06

Since what you are doing is in effect merging it into the URL I suppose it
might, to a point. I don’t see at all where this has any bearing on the 100s
of other sites you mentioned, all of which are now in a totally different
Site Collection. There is no connection between site  Collections for things
such as navigation, Content Types, Columns etc.

Also, be aware that the import/export commands are not full fidelity copies.
You don’t get user personalization’s, alerts and such.