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How to mirror staging and production environments in SharePoint

cscb08 used Ask the Experts™

We have a staging and production environment for our sharepoint farms. Self service site creation is enabled on the production environment for teams to create their own sites. As we need to know and have a copy of these new sites on our staging environment for development etc. How can we quickly make sure that our staging environment exactly mirrors our production without manually setting deployment jobs from production to staging each day?

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The way I do is by backing up the respective production site collections and restoring them to Dev and UAT.

Since mine are quite large they happen over night to the local server.

"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN\stsadm.exe" -o restore -overwrite  -url http://vmmossdev -filename devMySites.bak