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Posted on 2011-03-09
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I have been using STSADM to backup and restore site collections onto another WSS 3.0 Server:

STSADM.exe -o restore -url  http://sharepoint/sites/Site1 -filename  \\Backups\Backups\backup.dat -overwrite

My question is if I am able to simply backup all site collections by replacing the URL http://sharepoint/sites/Site1 for http://sharepoint/?

This way, I restore everything in one single swoop. Thanks

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by:Ted Bouskill
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No.  You can backup the entire farm using STSADM or a specific site collection.

If you want to backup an entire web application you can use SQL backup on the content databases for the web application.  There is a technique to restore a web application using those backups.
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by:fstinc
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Actually I did do it. I think this is the logic, looking through the hierarchy, //sharepoint/ is a site collection. //sharepoint/testsite is another site collection. Anything created under a site collection is a top level site. A web application would is essentially a whole new IIS site.

However, would you know if I am able to backup and restore individual sites using STS going from WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0? I think it can only be done across the same version of WSS, but just want to get a confirmation? Thanks
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I meant STSADM.EXE. : )
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Just to be clear. The top level site is the 'Default' site collection which can have one or more sub-sites or site collections.  By default for example additional site collections are stored in the /sites/ sub folder.

For example:

http://webapplication.sharepoint.com/ - Top level site/site collection for a web application
http://webapplication.sharepoint.com/subsite1/ - A subsite
http://webapplication.sharepoint.com/sites/sitecollection1/ - Additional site collection location (by default)
http://webapplication.sharepoint.com/sites/sitecollection1/subsite1/ - A subsite for above

Advanced users might do the following:

http://webapplication.sharepoint.com/mappedpathsitecollection/ - Created using two steps.  First generating a mapped path, then assigning the site collection to the mapped path

http://hostheadersitecollection.sharepoint.com/ - Created using DNS and a host header site collection on a web application (very advanced)

No you cannot mix backups between versions of SharePoint.
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Exactly right. My translation wasnt very clear. Top Level and Site Collections are essentially the same. Tomorrow I do a migration of the following.

SERVER1 (Top Site/Site Collection) = //webapplication.sharepoint.com/

migrating to subsite 1

SERVER2 = //webapplication.sharepoint.com/sites/Engineering

Is there a problem with placing a top level site under a subsite 1? Thanks for the help. Ill close the question, just want to get another quick conformation on this before I start my migration tomorrow? Thanks.
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Copying a top level site collection to a subsite collection works fine, however, the reverse doesn't work as well.  Be sure to backup the farm first though.  There is a bug with WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 when doing site collection backup/restores that will overwrite the default site collection.

Cheers
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