Archiving SharePoint 2010 sites using PowerShell

Neil Randall
Neil Randall used Ask the Experts™
I am having problem archiving my SharePoint sites.

Our one root site is Under this we have 20 or so subsites - Job1, Job2, Job3 etc.
I used to run the following command to a folder on an external USB hard drive (G:). Now that folder is on a network share but still (G:). That is all that has changed. I saved this command to a text file because I only archive every 6 months or so and I am sure that only the physical save location has changed, but is still G:

PS C:\Users\admin>  Export-SPWeb -identity -path G:\SharePoint_Site_Archives\Job1\Job1.cmp

But I get this error in Red

Export-SPWeb : G:\SharePoint_Site_Archives\Job1\Job1.cmp
At line:1 char:14
+  Export-SPWeb <<<<  -identity -path G:\SharePoint_Site_Archives\Job1\Job1.cmp
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...CmdletExportWeb:
   SPCmdletExportWeb) [Export-SPWeb], DirectoryNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletExportWeb

Am I missing something?

Thanks for your time.
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Walter CurtisSharePoint AED
Distinguished Expert 2018
Try to export or backup via Central Admin. That may work. You code seems to be okay.
SharePoint Developer
1. Go to your SharePoint Central Admin
2. Click on "Backup and Restore"
3. Click "Export a site or list" from Granular Backup
4. Set the Site Collection URL, Site and or List Name on the Site Collection  row
5. Set the path of your hard drive with the filename of the site or a list
6. Click "Start Export" button
Hope it helps!
Walter CurtisSharePoint AED
Distinguished Expert 2018

@Marie - thanks for expanding on my comment with a step by step.


Thanks to you both

That got me to the place in Central Admin (I know PS is powerful, but I prefer visual)

Thank for making sure I was in the right place [Export] rather than [Backup]
Walter CurtisSharePoint AED
Distinguished Expert 2018

Thanks, glad that helped...

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