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What is the best method to copy a document between SharePoint Web Applications?

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I am wondering what the best method is to copy a document from a document library in one web application's site collection to another web application's site collection?

I am not sure if this is possible because the different web applications operating in their own application pools etc.
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by:janicet123
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If you use the "Send to..." option on each document, you can copy a document from one library to another. This works if they are in the same site collection or different, as long as they are in the same farm. You can also configure the Send to location in the Settings in the document library.

The cool thing is that when the original is updated, the author can be prompted to update the copy as well.
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by:tjj9020
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You are correct, i just tested another farm I have available and that worked.  I wonder what is preventing it from working on another farm?

I get an error that states: Unable to contact the destination server
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by:janicet123
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Hmm. To troubleshoot, can you successfully send a document from the recieving library to the original location? Also, check permissions on both libraries to make sure you have edit permissions on both, although you should get a different error if it was a permissions issue.
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by:tjj9020
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No I can't send a document in either  direction?  The web applications are setup to use SSL, and the default alternate access mapping is setup as https://intranet.domain.com and https://extranet.domain.com.

Do you think it is some sort of DNS or loopback issue?
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by:janicet123
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These are in the same farm? What is the authentication type?
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by:Sushanta Sahu
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It will be really a deciding factor if you can answer few queries.

Is it a single file or multiple files?
Do you want the meta data of the file/files? e.g uploaded data, modified date, modified by etc

If you are uploading bulk files and not concerned about the meta data, then the best way is to use the explorer view in both the sites and copy then paste it to the destination site.

If you need the meta data, it have to be dealt with atmost care and it's time consuming and also need special care.

Let me know how it goes.
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by:tjj9020
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These areas are in the same farm.  I think I have found that the SSL certificates are causing the issue.  See attached image from the event log

This takes place when you try to configure the "External Data connections" from central administration's general application settings area.
SSLEvent.jpg
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by:Sushanta Sahu
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You have the options open now, so if you want the files to be moved the easiest way is to use explorer view and copy paste.

Let me know how it goes.
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The solution to this issue is going to the certmgr.msc and exporting the GeoTrust Root Certificate, and then importing that certificate into the SharePoint 2010 Security --> Manage Trusts
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