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STSADM Restore in WSS 3.0 RRS feed

  • Question

  • 1) I have a WSS 3.0 SharePoint VM that host a single top-level SharePoint site "ABC".

    2) When you add a new task item under the site's RFI list under its Lists section, it opens up a web form for SharePoint site user to fill in.

    VM State A:
    -- The web form that shows up is old without the added input textbox field. 

    -- A developer updated the web form by adding a new input text box field using Visual Studio (code-level) as defined by the deployed site definition file (*.wsp). 

    VM State B:
    To realize the web form changes, I
    -- deleted the existing site collection of the top-level site; so there's no site at all on WSS for now.

    -- then recreated a new site collection in SharePoint Central Administration with the same configuration as the original site collection that was deleted; site comes back up with updated web form. =)

    NOTE: All SharePoint site users and group permission of SharePoint site ABC are gone and so I have to recreate all users and groups as well as their roles and permission. <-- I believe a new site collection created will create a brand-new SharePoint site content database.

    ** My QUESTION **
    If I were to execute the following steps as ordered:

    1) Backup the top-level site collection using STSADM.exe (stsadm -o backup -url <URL> -filename <File>before deleting the old site collection.

    2) Then, restore the top-level site collection using STSADM.exe (stsadm -o restore -filename <File> -url <URL>after recreating the site collection to realize the new web form changes.

    Will I lose the updated web form?  


    I'm not sure whether (stsadm -o backup) also backup the old web form (hopefully not) since this STSADM backup operation was done before I deleted and recreated the site collection to realize the new site definition (or new web form) changes.

    Ultimately, I want to have the top-level SharePoint site with the new web form with all the same content in the old site collection before (users, groups, lists, workflows, etc.).

    Thursday, May 2, 2013 3:46 AM

Answers

  • Yes you will.  You won't be able to restore the back-up on the same VM / as they'll have the same GUID, unless you use the overwrite flag.

    Have you considered / tried

    • Using the WSP on the recreated site collection, or testing it against a vanilla site collection?  The developer may have included the list definition
    • Tried saving the list as a list template: This will allow you to add it to the site gallery

    Hope that helps,
    Steven


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/

    Friday, May 3, 2013 10:50 AM
    Answerer

All replies

  • Yes you will.  You won't be able to restore the back-up on the same VM / as they'll have the same GUID, unless you use the overwrite flag.

    Have you considered / tried

    • Using the WSP on the recreated site collection, or testing it against a vanilla site collection?  The developer may have included the list definition
    • Tried saving the list as a list template: This will allow you to add it to the site gallery

    Hope that helps,
    Steven


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/

    Friday, May 3, 2013 10:50 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi Andy,

    Does Steven’s suggestion helps? Do you need any further support?

    Thanks,

    Entan Ming

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    Entan Ming
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    Monday, May 6, 2013 2:20 AM
    Moderator