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  • I exported my site template through the Central Admin tool and attempted to import the site through the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell but received an error message stating the templates that I am exporting from is STS#-1 while the template I am importing into is STS#1 and they must be the same.

    I did some research and could not find any template named STS#-1.

    Any help on this one would be greatly appreciated.

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011 6:52 PM


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  • The site template of the new site that you are importing too must be the same.  That means, you would go create a site based upon STS#1 (team site I believe) and then do the import.  If you haven't selected a site template yet or it does not match, it will not work.
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    Tuesday, February 8, 2011 10:31 PM
  • I understand it must be the same and that is the problem I have as the SP Central Admin tool is exporting my site as a STS#-1 template.  Per my research there is no such STS#-1 template.  The site I created to import into is STS#1.

    Here is the syntax from the import command.

    [2/7/2011 12:31:54 PM] [Web] []   Error: Cannot import site. The exported site is based on the template STS#-1 but the destination site is based on the template STS#1. You can import sites only into sites that are based on same template as the exported site.
    [2/7/2011 12:31:54 PM] [Web] []   Debug:    at Microsoft.SharePoint.Deployment.WebSerializer.IsWebTemplateCompatible(String sourceWebTemplateName, String destinationWebTemplateName)

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011 10:45 PM
  • Ok, can you state the objective behind this action?

    I see two terms getting merged here -> site template and export. 

    You either export a site and import a site OR

    You save a site as a template which gets saved in site template gallery as wsp and then you can reuse it.

    Can you please state which of the two apply above?

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    Tuesday, February 8, 2011 11:10 PM
  • The overall goal for this is to set up a test environment (on a separate server) as currently we have only one installation and that is used for production (and I can't develop on that server anymore).

    I am exporting a site from one (production) server (using the SP Central Admin tool) and importing it into another (test) server (using the SP 2010 Management Shell).  The server in which I need to import the site into has the empty site template created on it.  Problem is when running the commands it tells me the exported site is created using a template that doesn't exist in SP (STS#-1).  Not sure how that is possible.

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 2:59 PM
  • I too got the same error while impoting the site on test server which has been exproted from the production envrionment.

    Error Message:

     "The exported site is based on the teplate STS#-1 and the destination site is based on the template STS#1"

    Tryging to find a solution for this error.


    Thursday, July 5, 2012 4:10 PM
  • Incase somebody else stumbles on this question, here is a great reference site for the templates. You must create a template in your new sharepoint site that matched the one you exported. So if you exported a team site, you will need to create a team site to import into.


    • Proposed as answer by jeremyray02 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:45 PM
    • Marked as answer by C Sotir Friday, September 14, 2012 8:51 PM
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:45 PM