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Moving data within SharePoint RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    Can someone advise what the best method is to move data around within SharePoint?

    I am going through a refresh of our SharePoint site and want to delete some data from various area's, I have created a subsite and want to move/archive data there for a period of time just in case it is needed then after a period of time it will be deleted.

    When it comes to moving the data, am I better off doing it manually within SharePoint (under Site Settings) or should I be using a 3rd party tool such as metavise etc?


    Thanks,


    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 1:50 PM

Answers

  • If you can afford them tools such as the ones by Metalogix and Sharegate make moving content much easier.

    Manual moving is possible with small volumes such as copying with explorer view.

    Lists and Libraries under 50Mb in size can be created as templates and re-created elsewhere.

    Powershell can also be a good way to mass move content. I posted some sample script with that in mind here; http://the-north.com/sharepoint/post/Different-approach-to-SharePoint-Migration-using-Powershell


    w: http://www.the-north.com/sharepoint | t: @JMcAllisterCH | YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JamieMcAllisterMVP

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:16 PM
  • You may also use Content and Structure(From site setting and then Site  Administration). This feature works when publishing infrastructure is enabled. From there check boxes of content/Sites you would like to move and then select Move from Actions menu. You can park this somewhere else and you can move back.  

    Tesfaye

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:40 PM
  • ABVL,

         Another easy method is to use PowerShell to export the current site to a file, then import the exported file as a sub-site to the current site.  

    Use:

    Export-SPWeb "<<URL>>" -Path "local filepath"

    Import-SPWeb "<<URL>>" -Path "filepath where you saved the exported file"

    have fun,
    Tony


    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:46 PM

All replies

  • If you can afford them tools such as the ones by Metalogix and Sharegate make moving content much easier.

    Manual moving is possible with small volumes such as copying with explorer view.

    Lists and Libraries under 50Mb in size can be created as templates and re-created elsewhere.

    Powershell can also be a good way to mass move content. I posted some sample script with that in mind here; http://the-north.com/sharepoint/post/Different-approach-to-SharePoint-Migration-using-Powershell


    w: http://www.the-north.com/sharepoint | t: @JMcAllisterCH | YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JamieMcAllisterMVP

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:16 PM
  • Great stuff, thank you
    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:37 PM
  • You may also use Content and Structure(From site setting and then Site  Administration). This feature works when publishing infrastructure is enabled. From there check boxes of content/Sites you would like to move and then select Move from Actions menu. You can park this somewhere else and you can move back.  

    Tesfaye

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:40 PM
  • ABVL,

         Another easy method is to use PowerShell to export the current site to a file, then import the exported file as a sub-site to the current site.  

    Use:

    Export-SPWeb "<<URL>>" -Path "local filepath"

    Import-SPWeb "<<URL>>" -Path "filepath where you saved the exported file"

    have fun,
    Tony


    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:46 PM
  • I think for large amounts of data I will use Metalogix/Metavise, for small amounts of data someone suggested mapping local drives to the SharePoint area's and moving the data that way - Is this a valid way to moving data or are there any cons to this method?

    Thanks,

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 8:14 AM
  • For small amounts of data you can use drive mappings, but it doesn't scale particularly well.

    w: http://www.the-north.com/sharepoint | t: @JMcAllisterCH | YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JamieMcAllisterMVP

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:37 AM