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  • Question

  • Hi,

    Is there any way to take backup and restore the site collection without content in MOSS 2007.

    Thanks.

     


    • Edited by sat83 Monday, September 5, 2011 9:14 AM
    • Moved by Mike Walsh FIN Monday, September 5, 2011 2:25 PM admin q (From:SharePoint - General Question and Answers and Discussion (pre-SharePoint 2010))
    Monday, September 5, 2011 9:13 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I am in agreement with you Steven.

    Sat83,

    You can create a site definition based on production site and then use that to create a site in QA.


    Thanks, Rahul Rashu
    • Edited by Rashu,Rahul Monday, September 5, 2011 2:31 PM modified
    • Marked as answer by sat83 Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:02 AM
    Monday, September 5, 2011 2:30 PM

All replies

  • The first question is why would you want to do this?

    Technically you could save the site as a template, which will keep your webparts, layouts and so on but it won't take the content.  Make a clean site based on this and the back-up/restore as required.

    Hope that helps


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/
    Monday, September 5, 2011 9:21 AM
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  • Hi Steven,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I have a intranet portal with 3 different site collections, which is in live

    On my QA we have only 2 site collections.

    Now the user requested to make the Live and QA same with same site collections.copy Live to QA

    The problem is  site collection is 135GB, I cant take the 135Gb as a backup and restore it on my QA.

    So i a am looking a way to copy the site collection without content.

    Thanks.

     

     

     

    Monday, September 5, 2011 9:46 AM
  • Hmm, that's tricky.

    So, what you're looking to do is to impose the site structure from your QA portal onto the live one?  If so, I'm afraid that SharePoint doesn't provide such a functionality.  If you use back-up/restore or import/export, its an all or nothing exercise. 

    Whatever you seek to bring into the live environment will 100% override what's already there.  In your own instance, an empty site template would override a xGB site collection.

    Can you be more specific on what the differences are?  I can think of a few tools that may help but I'd like to know more of the differences first.


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/
    Monday, September 5, 2011 10:07 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    No, I am doing Live to QA for instance.

    I want the live site structure on my QA machine. without content.

     

    Monday, September 5, 2011 12:27 PM
  • Hi,

    This can be easily done with the content deployment jobs in Sharepoint 2007.

    You can mirror 2 sites.

    Refer this:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jackiebo/archive/2007/02/26/content-deployment-step-by-step-tutorial.aspx

    I hope this will help you out.

     


    Thanks, Rahul Rashu
    Monday, September 5, 2011 12:29 PM
  • Hi Rahul,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I dont want the Content, I want only site structure.

    If I do the content deployment then I will also receive content.(in my case i dont require content, need only site structure and subsites without documents,etc)

    Thanks.

     

     

    Monday, September 5, 2011 12:43 PM
  • Hi There,

    any one has a solution ?

    Thanks.

    Monday, September 5, 2011 2:04 PM
  • Hi There,

    any one has a solution ?

    Thanks.


    Please don't bump threads.  This forum is a free resource and is mostly staffed by volunteers (including MVP/MCC level people).  It's polite to leave it a day or so before doing this.

    Please can you take a screenshot of your "view all site content" on both live and QA.  Give us an idea of what you're working with.

    I'm really suspecting that this is going to involve site recreation and content migration as per Rashu's suggestion.


    Steven Andrews | SharePoint Professional | http://www.twitter.com/backpackerd00d | https://baron72.wordpress.com/
    Monday, September 5, 2011 2:08 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    I am in agreement with you Steven.

    Sat83,

    You can create a site definition based on production site and then use that to create a site in QA.


    Thanks, Rahul Rashu
    • Edited by Rashu,Rahul Monday, September 5, 2011 2:31 PM modified
    • Marked as answer by sat83 Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:02 AM
    Monday, September 5, 2011 2:30 PM