How to Move a SharePoint Site to a New Server


Microsoft SharePoint, an Internet content management system, not only lets you quickly configure and upload a website to an Internet web server, the program also includes a utility for backing up your website in the event of a server crash or another issue. The utility is also handy if you want to move your SharePoint website to a new server. You don't need a third-party tool or application to access the SharePoint backup tool or have to write and use any special coding to use the tool.

Backing Up Your SharePoint Website

  • Open Office SharePoint Designer.

  • Click "File," "Open Site." Navigate to the website you want to move to a new server. Click on the website's name to select it. Click "Open."

  • Click "Site," "Administration." Click on "Backup Web Site." The Backup Web Site dialog box will open.

  • Click on the "Include Subsites in Archive" checkbox to include all elements of your SharePoint website.

  • Click on "Advanced." Enter a location on your web server for storing the backup of your SharePoint website. Place the backup in a folder within your web server other than the main directory of your web server. Click "OK."

  • Click "OK" to confirm the backup location. Select the location where you want to store the .cmp file--this is the control file for your website backup.

  • Enter a name for the .cmp file in the "File Name" box. Click "Save." Your SharePoint website backup process will start. You will be prompted when the process is complete.

Restoring/Moving Your SharePoint Website

  • Open Office SharePoint Designer, if it is closed. Click "File," "New."

  • Click on the "Web Site" tab. Click on "General," "Empty Web Site."

  • Enter the website address of your new server in the "Specify the Location of the New Web Site" box. Click "OK." Your new server's address will open within SharePoint.

  • Click on "Site," "Administration," "Restore Web Site."

  • Navigate to the location of the .cmp file you saved in Step 6 in the "Backing Up Your SharePoint Website" section of this article. Click on the .cmp file to select the file. Click "Open."

  • Click "OK" to confirm your selection and start the restoring/moving process. You will be prompted when the restore process is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • The SharePoint backup utility records log files that list any errors issued during the backup process. The log files are stored in the Temp folder for your user account. Double-click on a log file name to view the file's contents.

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