SharePoint 2007 Site Import and Export -STSADM

While working in Migration project it could be a requirement to change the structure of the sites.  So What will you do. SharePoint 2007 now has great improvements. 

You can use STSADM Import and Export command to get that.  You can find more information and step by step guide from below.

Consolidating Site Collections After Upgrading SharePoint



A Critical Update to Prepare for Upgrade Test Machine

I was sitting in office while tweaking the test environments for my team for the test migration cycles.  We until now have run over 120 Test cycles for our projects.  The success ratio for the success is 1:4 which is not very good but we are still learning as our portal has over 1500 webs in one site collection :).  But any way lets not get away for the original task. 

While I was preparing the test machines for the migration one error message became my friend when I try to run the SharePoint 2003 Backup and restore.  The error message was something like this

The Database schema you wanted to restore is too old to perform this operation.  Restore Failed.

I wasted some time finding solution to that but there is nothing on the web on this.  So finally I decided to do some thing I never did before. I opened Microsoft Update site and click Custom download button.  I saw a Knowledge base update there KB924881.  I download it and believe me the DB restore worked fine.  While making a new machine for our first Dev Test.  I confirmed it by downloading the Patch and installing it (Got the same error when I run without patching it).  The link to the download is given below.

Specially update you computer with this update.



An Interesting Issue after Migration of SPS to MOSS 2007

On last weekend my team was able to migration a full SharePoint Portal Server 2003 implementation (15 GB DB Size) to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.  The major challenge in that project was that all the portal was 100% Customized with 22 Site Definitions, 20+ Webparts and 100% reconditioned UI.  We have to work hard really which we at the end did and are successful.  But today I want to share a thought here about Security Migration.

After the migration of the portal I accessed the portal Users and Groups page from Site actions tab.  The old groups that are migration from the portal are given custom ; where an=1 naming convention which means that I have go and manfully update the users groups according to Microsoft Office SharePoint server user and groups which seems interesting to me.  As SharePoint 2007 groups names are changed but still the migrated groups and not given the same name.

Another issue that we faced is adding a user with full control will not give the users full rights on the server.  We have to manually move the user to new SharePoint 2007 group that it will have all the permissions on the portal.

Looking forward for some guidance.





SharePoint 2007 Course at eVenture Solutions (Operation Badar)

Recently I have started Introduction to SharePoint 2007 for Developer and End users training course at eVenture Solutions (Operation Badar).  This will be a 18 Sessions Course (36 Hours) with 12 session of study and 8 labs of both Windows SharePoint Services and MOSS 2007.  I did three sessions until now.  The topics that I have covered until now are

Introduction SharePoint Production and Technologies

  • SharePoint Concepts
  • Planning the Implementation and Topology for SharePoint 2007
  • Installing and Configuring Windows SharePoint Services 2007
  • Working with Windows SharePoint Services Collaboration lists and libraries.

We have currently a Group of 6 People and 4 more people are joining in.  I have a 3 hours session on next Saturday which to cover all the above topics for the new guys coming in so if any one of you is interested please do let me know.

I have also recorded one hours sessions which I will upload here for reference.  It will be in English and Urdu so will be helpful for the guys who are interested.

I any one reading this is interested in the program please feel free to contact me or EVS Learning ( for more information.



SharePoint Certification Exams

I will be going for SharePoint Exams soon so I decided to post the links to the Exam and courses which may help some one.

VIA August Logan

via Arpan:

ELearning Training

MOSS Developer eLearning will be available in the next few months.

Microsoft Instructor-Lead Training

There are, of course, other training companies that have additional training.

You can also find exam information at

Other information you should look for:

  • SharePoint technology books – 30+ in the pipeline. I did a post recently with a link to the SharePoint technology books that we’re aware of.
  • SharePoint technology end-user training (This is coming soon. I’ll post more information in the near future). This training will be eLearning type training that you can deploy in your own organization.
  • Other SharePoint Training partners that offer additional technical training.

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