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Please carefully consider using Copy-SPSite


Copy-SPSite is an easy way to duplicate SharePoint Site Collections as Todd correctly states. The use case Todd describes is a valid one - but as he as wrote in one of his comments you must delete the source site right after using Copy-SPSite.

GUIDS within the sites are getting duplicated as a result, what can cause you serious problems later on:

Exporting content using export-spweb is going to fail if sites that have been duplicated using Copy-SPSite are within the same content database.

OneDrive Sync Client might fail syncing content from sites that have been duplicated using Copy-SPSite.

There is an issue with deleted items in Recycling Bins of duplicated sites.

Third Party Backup/Restore Tools as well as Microsoft DPM is failing restoring content from duplicated sites.

Please make sure to delete the source site if you consider using Copy-SPSite.

Christian Heim

Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft Germany

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Created at 3/8/2017 4:32 PM by  
Last modified at 3/8/2017 4:32 PM by