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Hello;

Subject to my research, looks like by using "stsadm" utility to backup Sharepoint 2.0 is not enough if the Sharepoint site contains sub-site below the Top-site.  Because in my test, once it is restored, I cannot see the sub-sites, only one sub-site can be restored.  Thereofre I found that I might able to use "smigrate" utility.  However; I have some unconfirmed question.

1. If using smigrate utility to backup, can I just backup one sub-site, or once it is issued; all sub-sites and the top site will be backed up.

   smigrate -w http://companyweb -f d:\backup.fwp

2. My drive to keep the current Sharepoint database has 56GB space left and my sharepoint database is 31GB large, is it good enough if the "smigrate" utility would backup the entire site.

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Hi,

There may have been a missunderstanding: stsadm will backup and restore the entire site collection; that is top-site and all subsites. Here is the link where you will find the syntax and more details
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288330(office.12).aspx

1. The smigrate tool can backup a single site or a site with it's subsites. If you add -e it will exclude subsites.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287935(office.12).aspx
2. smigrate utility is behaving "funny" on a site larger than 5 GB. At least this is my experience. Somtimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. So, i would definetelly not try it on a 31 GB. stsadm -backup would work if it's the entire site collection.

Also, another big watchout - smigrate is using the same "engine" as frontpage backup. It creates large temporary files on the default drive. The temporary files grow the about twice the size of the site. So, if you backup with smigrate a site of 5 GB, you must make sure you have about 15 GB free space on C drive. Else, move the temporary files on a different drive where you have the necesarry space.
Another watchout is to run the backups with a admin that has permissions on the entire farm: including SQL, or it will fail.

Hope this helps
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Thanks for information.

I have used the same command to restore my sharepoint backup to a test server but do not know why only one sub-sites are restored.  Most of the sub-sites are lost.
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