Saving SharePoint Master Page as a template

How do you save a master page as a template to use in another web application?  Is this possible?
chinadolAsked:
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vaderjCommented:
Try using SharePoint designer
Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
From SharePoint designer you can use the export function (found in the ribbon) to export files "out" of SharePoint. Naturally, the import function will import files back in to a site, even if the site is not the original site. Very good features for backing up your work also or for using an external source management tool.
chinadolAuthor Commented:
Thanks I successfully exported the file as well as imported. I set the master page as the default page but it did not render completely.  Am I missing something??
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
it depends. Perhaps there are some files like images or style sheets missing.
You can use tools like Fiddler or Firebug to watch all HTTP requests and their return status (eg 404 not found).
HTH
Rainer
Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
Moving from one Farm to another may have issues. For example, if the master page in the source farm uses anything that the destination does not have, such as custom features, enterprise features that the destination does not have etc.. then there may be issues. Generally master pages should be compatible however. If there are custom css files in the source, then you will need to import those in to the destination, as well as images or other "external" content.

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chinadolAuthor Commented:
Thanks
Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
Rainer added comments at almost the exact time! He is on the same track. For files not found, you will need to export those and import in the destination. Make sure the paths are identical if possible. In other words, if you are linking to a banner in the style library in the source, make sure the banner makes it in to the style library in the destination and not a different library.
chinadolAuthor Commented:
I accepted both responses as an accepted solution. Thank you both
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