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I am a Sharepoint Newbie.  We have 2010 installed on a 2008 R2 server.  Originally I setup a test site under https://ourserver/sites/test.  I now want to copy this site to https://ourserver/ but am struggling to do so.  I have looked at using stsadm as well as backup and restore but experiencing problems.  What is the best way of doing this?
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by:Justin Smith
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You can't backup and restore a site to a different URL on the same content db.  So the first thing you need to do is add another ocntent db to your web app.

You can then use PowerShell backup-spsite and restore-spsite to backup the site and restore to new url.
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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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Ok Created a new content Database (does it matter that it has a long generated ID or is it better to name yourself?)

Do I need to create a top level site collection and point to the new content database before I restore?
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by:Justin Smith
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Better to name yourself.  Yes,  you could create a site on the new db, then overwrite it with the restore.  This needs to be bumped to a 500 pt question, honestly.
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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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Ok, sorry, I have used Exchange-Experts loads but never asked a question, only used existing questions
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by:Justin Smith
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SO yes, you could create a top level site in the new database.  It should do it automatically since the other db already has sites in it.  Then do the backup and restore powersehll commands.
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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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When you say create a site on the new DB, do you mean create a new site collection with just https://ourserver/ as the URL.  If so where do you nominate the newly created DB as the one the new site collection should use ?
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Yes.  It should auto create it in the new content db. When more than one db attached to a web app, SharePoint automatically distributes the size load across the db's.

If not, there is a powershell command you can run to point to the db.  But try the above and let me know.
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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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Looking at the syntax for the backup-spsite command, do I need any additional parameters or just
"Backup-spsite https://ourserver/sites/test -path c:\filename.bak

Then in the restore the identity will be new url i.e.

restore-spsite https://ourserver -path c:\filename.bak ?

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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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Also, some of the doc libraries are mail enabled, will the restore break this ?
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by:Justin Smith
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with restore, use the -force or -overwrite (can't remember) when going over an existing site
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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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OK, looks good, old site still there, assume that I can delete this when happy that everything has moved accross.  The only thing that seems to have remained on the old site is mail is still going to the old libraries and on the new site the option to mail enable is not there.  Can't remember where I make mail enable available  for all libraries?
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It probably threw it off since theoritically, when you restored, you would have had two libraries in the environment with the same email address.

There is no where to globally set all libraries to be mail enabled.  You must do each one individually, under Library or List settings, far right column.  Keep in mind, not all libaries and lists can be enabled.
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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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What I was saying is that in Doc library settings - communicatons, there was  no "incomming e-mail settings" option, but refreshed page and appeared.  Going to try delete contacts in Exchange 2010 and see if I can link to new site
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by:PaulJohannesMarais
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All sorted although email enabled libraries is one to remember.  Thanks for your help Ach1lles
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