24.2. Using SharePoint Backup and Restore Features
As with non-SharePoint Web sites, the SharePoint Designer backup and restore options for SharePoint sites are available in the Site Administration menu. The user interface is pretty straightforward, and you can follow these steps to back up your Web site:
In SharePoint Designer, open the Web site you want to back up.
Choose SiteAdministrationBackup Web Site to open the Backup Web Site dialog box, as shown inFigure 24.3.
Figure 24.3. The Backup Web Site dialog box
You can choose to include subsites by clicking the Include subsites in archive check box. The Advanced button allows you to change the location where the backup files are temporarily stored before they're downloaded to your local machine.
By default, the SharePoint Designer backup operation stores the backup files in a hidden document library of your SharePoint Web site before they can be downloaded to the SharePoint Designer client machine. After you complete the backup operation, the temporary files (with the extension .snt) inside the SharePoint site are removed. ...
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