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How can I import shared documents into a current site with existing shared documents?

Posted on 2011-02-24
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How can I import a web site from another site into an already existing site?

I am able to export and import fine, however if there are any shared documents they are removed when I use the import-spweb cmdlet.

There are already shared documents listed in this site and I do not want them removed or overwritten.  How can I move a site into a currently existing site?  or how to merge two sites into one I guess is a better example.
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by:janicet123
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Do you want to move just documents or lists and web parts as well? There is really only a manual process for this, since any restore will overwrite the current site. You can move the documents manually using explorer view or using the Send to feature if there aren't that many of them. You might have to use a migration tool to keep established metadata in place. Web parts can be exported, and lists can be saved as templates with the data and then recreated in your other site.
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by:sabby447
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My recommendation : Give Quest SharePoint site administrator and migration tools a try, I had a good experience with them
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by:swtjen1
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I am trying to move them into an existing site with existing Shared Documents.  However if I just manually move them over there then they lose all the Modified by and date information.

I will look into the Send to but I didn't think this applied to this scenario.  Ugh....why can't it import just have a function that appends data to a site instead of wiping it out.  How the hec does anyone merge sites into one???
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by:sabby447
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Refer the tool i shared, Look at its documentation and give the trial edition a try :)
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Thank you for the advice.  I found a simple way to do it with the import.

import-spweb -identity http://  -path  \\serverwithbackup  -updateversions ignore -includeusersecurity

As long as I use -updateversions ignore it worked like a charm and did not remove any documents that were previously in a site.
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using -updateversions ignore was the correct answer to the question
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