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  Asked By: Claude    Date: Aug 19    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1353

If I create a sharepoint portal in one environment (one specific
domain) and do a stsadm -o backup and restore it to another farm in
another domain, will the new domain be looking for users to be a part
of the previous domain?
If so, will using the SharePoint backup utility in Central Admin do the
The issue is that the restored portal in the new domain will not allow
authenticated users to access the portal unless they have been added to
the Policy for Web Application..It may also allow them access if they
are a site collection admin..but if I add them to a sharepoint group
(created in the old domain) they do not gain access.



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Rosanna Parrish     Answered On: Aug 19

Backup and restore  across domain  boundaries does not retain user security.

Answer #2    Answered By: Kalash Karmakar     Answered On: Aug 19

Well, when I restored  from stsadm, it kept both the sharepoint  security groups
previously defined in the portal, as well as the usernames in those groups (and
these usernames were in the form of firstdomain\login.
So apparently it seems to be retaining security of some sort..which may be
causing the problem..

Answer #3    Answered By: Mauricio Tanner     Answered On: Aug 19

Backing up and restoring across domains/forests will retain the user
info data, it just isn't usable as you have orphaned the SIDs.

You can export by site  excluding the '-includeuserpermissions' parameter
and only grab the content. Be aware this isn't a true backup  and restore
command as it misses many things like recycle bin, alerts, Web part
personalizations, etc. It also only works at the site level and not the
site collection  level.

You can always do an stsadm.exe -o migrateuser to re-sync the accounts
with a new user/SID

Answer #4    Answered By: Gina Freeman     Answered On: Aug 19

You do not want to add users  to the Web Application policies as this
OVERRIDES site  collection permissions, unless specifically required. You
want to use Site Collection/Site permissions.

If you backed up and restored  across domains (assuming different forest)
then you have orphaned the users' SIDS. Try the stsadm.exe -o
migrateuser command to resync with a new domain  account.

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