There are situations where you want to propagate one SharePoint web application
to some other farm/machine. I feel the fastest way is to take content database backup
and restore it in your destination farm. I have done so in last couple of weeks
and I have leaned how to quickly do that.
Here are quick notes from my experience:
Creating content database from backup:
Go to your database server and do following:
Creating a web application:
3. Sometimes if your database is too large, web application creation takes too long
and times out. Don't worry at all. web application is still created successfully.
It happened to me 4 times out of 5.
Validating the web application:
section you will find "Manage content databases"
2. Choose your application and it will show database status and number of site collections.
If you are not sure how many site collections are there in backup, anything greater
than 0 is good news.
Configure web application to work properly:
we are almost done now. Do following:
Additional optional steps:
After performing all the above steps, it is still possible that you are not able
to access your web application.
It is always challenging to move applications from one farm to another. Specially
when they are depending upon other service applications. In spent last two weeks
to learn how to properly do that. I hope this will help you at some point during
your sharepoint Consulting and development.
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