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Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Using STSADM to Move or Back Up Site Collections

The STSADM utility is a tool that comes installed with Windows SharePoint Services that allows for a great deal of SharePoint functionality. STSADM can import templates, create sites, change settings, and move data. Unlike backing up and moving data with a program such as FrontPage, STSADM must be run from the server that SharePoint is installed on.

CAUTION

Great caution should be taken when using the STSADM utility because it can perform a myriad of tasks in SharePoint, such as deleting sites and modifying database information. Be sure to test your data migration in a lab setting before running it against a production environment.

Backing Up Site Collections with STSADM

To back up a site collection ...

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