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  • I have a site that I restored from a backup.

     

    So obviously there was the default blank team workspace when I first opened WSS 3.0. I used stsadm -o restore to restore my backup, so now I have the blank team site, the blank home page we had before, and then our site which we do all of our work on.

     

    I want to know if I delete the top level site will it just bump the ones underneath it up, or will it delete all subsites? I need to get rid of either the site in the middle or at the beginning, because we basically have 2 blank home sites because our backup consisted of a home site, and the default site that was created is acting as the parent site to both of those

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:10 PM

Answers

  • If you delete a top level site it will orphan the sites below it.  They will still be referenced in the content database, but there will be no way to reach them.
    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP Chief SharePoint
    Architect: Sharesquared Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
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    • Marked as answer by Drew D88 Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:23 PM
    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:22 PM
  • Assuming there isn't too much content in the subsite that you want to keep the easiest way is probably to save that site as a template, download the STP file, Delete the entire site collection, use STSADM to add the STP to the farm, and create a new site collection using the template as the root site.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP Chief SharePoint
    Architect: Sharesquared Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.
    • Marked as answer by Drew D88 Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3:09 PM
    Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:23 PM

All replies

  • If you delete a top level site it will orphan the sites below it.  They will still be referenced in the content database, but there will be no way to reach them.
    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP Chief SharePoint
    Architect: Sharesquared Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.
    • Marked as answer by Drew D88 Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:23 PM
    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:22 PM
  • If you delete a top level site it will orphan the sites below it.  They will still be referenced in the content database, but there will be no way to reach them.
    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP Chief SharePoint
    Architect: Sharesquared Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    so what are my options as far as restructuring these sites? I dont need two blank homepages. What can I do to "trim the fat" here?
    • Edited by Drew D88 Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:25 PM
    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:24 PM
  • Assuming there isn't too much content in the subsite that you want to keep the easiest way is probably to save that site as a template, download the STP file, Delete the entire site collection, use STSADM to add the STP to the farm, and create a new site collection using the template as the root site.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP Chief SharePoint
    Architect: Sharesquared Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.
    • Marked as answer by Drew D88 Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3:09 PM
    Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:23 PM
  • Assuming there isn't too much content in the subsite that you want to keep the easiest way is probably to save that site as a template, download the STP file, Delete the entire site collection, use STSADM to add the STP to the farm, and create a new site collection using the template as the root site.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP Chief SharePoint
    Architect: Sharesquared Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    My site is too big to be made into a template...

     

    If I were to take a current backup (so that i have everyone's current timesheet info), I'd just end up with another default blank site, then restoring to that would give me another site with a blank home page + the blank home page from the back up then our actual site.

     

    Is there a way just to create a new site from a backup without having the extra homepage in there?

    Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:04 PM