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How to migrate a site using the "Save Site as Template" method from WSS 3.0 to MOSS 2007? RRS feed

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  • Hi Amanda,

    I was just wondering if there is absolutely no way to migrate a site using the "Save Site as Template" method from WSS 3.0 to MOSS 2007? I have confirmed that the template can be saved and created onto another WSS3.0 server, but when I try to do the same on the MOSS 2007 server, I am not able to see the template listed under "Custom Templates". What would you have done if you needed to migrate a customized application (e.g. a customized Room and Equipment Reservations) from WSS 3.0 to MOSS 2007? For me, recreating the intranets and applications from WSS 3.0 on my new MOSS 2007 server seems a little difficult as of now.

    • Split by Mike Walsh FIN Monday, March 28, 2011 11:46 AM New question in old thread
    Monday, March 28, 2011 11:34 AM

Answers

  • A few things to note here.  This operation gives you, at the end point, a file with the extension stp.  This file will only work within sites that have the same definition as the one on which it was created.  So, if you created a site on a blank site defintion, then uploaded it to one that was built on, say, a team site, it would be incompatible.

    As an alternative, have you looked at sts migrations?  WSS stsadm has access to the export/import and backup/restore options that MOSS does, so unless there´s a reason not too try, this should be worth a go.


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/
    • Marked as answer by David HM Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6:30 AM
    Monday, March 28, 2011 8:09 PM
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  • Hi,

    Do you have Room and Equipment Reservations template installed on destination MOSS server ?

    If not please install it 

    and if yes then please check site features.


    Warm Regards, Pratik Vyas | SharePoint Consultant | http://sharepointpratik.blogspot.com/
    Monday, March 28, 2011 2:22 PM
  • A few things to note here.  This operation gives you, at the end point, a file with the extension stp.  This file will only work within sites that have the same definition as the one on which it was created.  So, if you created a site on a blank site defintion, then uploaded it to one that was built on, say, a team site, it would be incompatible.

    As an alternative, have you looked at sts migrations?  WSS stsadm has access to the export/import and backup/restore options that MOSS does, so unless there´s a reason not too try, this should be worth a go.


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/
    • Marked as answer by David HM Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6:30 AM
    Monday, March 28, 2011 8:09 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi Guys, Thanks for your suggestions.

    Thanks for pointing out that I needed to install the .WSP template first. I managed to re-install the template on the MOSS 2007 server successfully. Then I tried to "Create a new site" and could see the .STP template file under the "Custom" tab.However, when I clicked "Create", I get an error message saying "The template you have chosen is invalid or cannot be found."


    Then, I tried the backup/restore approach, and performed a backup of the component/application (only Rooms and Equipment Reservations) that I needed on the WSS 3.0 server. When the backup completed, I had the following message: "Completed with errors, please refer to the log file for details:

    Object WSS_Content_50001 failed in event OnBackup. For more information, see the error log located in the backup directory. SqlException: Cannot open backup device '\\192.168.5.101\RER\spbr0000\0000001A.bak'. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.). BACKUP DATABASE is terminating abnormally.ug"

    Before the backup was performed, WSS 3.0 estimated that the backup file size would be about 43MB, but when the backup was completed, the file size was only about 703KB.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:36 AM