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SharePoint 2010 – How to move/copy Site without PowerShell?

Posted by Paul on May 14, 2013


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In the life time of a SharePoint deployment, we need to restructure sites like:

1. Copy one site to another parent

2. Move one site to another parent

Surely there are PowerShell, STSADM, and Server Object Model ways of doing it. But here I am going through the SharePoint Web Interface way of doing it.

The advantage is that we can do it without the help of SharePoint Administrator & Central Administration.

Content Database

Each site collection resides in a content database. In the case of web application, there could be multiple content databases.

Copying Site

Now let us see how to copy a site from one location to another. Open your SharePoint site & choose Site Actions > Site Settings.

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Choose the Site Administration > Content and Structure item. In the appearing page, choose the sub site & context menu, then Copy item.

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You will get the following dialog to choose the destination site.

We are copying site from one parent to another parent.

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Choose your Destination Parent & click the Ok button. Your Copy operation should begin now..

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Wait for a few minutes until the contents are copied. You can see the new site is created.

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You can try accessing it using the URL.

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The site appears as shown below.

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Moving Site

For moving site, you can use the Move context menu item & then choose destination parent site.

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If you cannot see the Site Content and Structure link, you need to activate the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature from Site Settings > Site Collection features

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References

http://bit.ly/102VB0C

Summary

In this article we have seen how to move/copy site without using PowerShell.

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5 Responses to “SharePoint 2010 – How to move/copy Site without PowerShell?”

  1. Sreejith Gopinathan said

    Hi Jean, Is this limited to SP Server installation? I am using SP Foundation and couldn’t find Content and Structure menu item under Site Administration.

    • jeanpaulva said

      Hello Sreejith Bhai,

      You can try the “Publishing” feature enabled in Site Actions > Site Settings > Site Collection Features.
      Probably it is disabled & you need to enable it.

      Regards,
      Jean Paul

  2. Sreejith Gopinathan said

    Hi Jean Bhai, Thanks for the replay. Seems Publishing feature is not available in Foundation 😦

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    would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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