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UPDATED: Find the new Youtube Link below!

Dear all,

episode 4 of SP5 is ready! This time it is dealing with the topic of moving site collections from one content database to another. Click below to watch the video (UPDATED):

Remark: If you want to create a new site collection using a specific content database, you need to use PowerShell, specifically the New-SPSite cmdlet:

New-SPSite –ContentDatabase <DBName>

This cannot be done from within Central Administration.

The involved cmdlets are:

Get-SPSite (lists site collections)
Get-SPContentDatabase (list content databases)
Move-SPSite (list content databases)
New-SPSite (create new site collection, specify content DB)

Important: After moving a site collection from one content DB to another, an iisreset is required. Be aware that this will cause a service disruption for some time (depending on your server’s configuration). Be sure to execute this only if you are fully aware that this will cause all websites to be inaccessible for some time.

Disclaimer: All tutorials are provided as is. You are responsible for any changes undergoing your system that derive from following this tutorial. It is hence recommended to consult your administrators and verify that the changes cannot harm your IT environment in any way.

Stay tuned till the next time!

Martin

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Dear all,

the second episode of SharePointFive is ready to be viewed here:

The topics covered are:

  • Setting up Document Sets site collection feature
  • Setting Up a Document Library
  • Adding a Content Type
  • Creating a Document Set

You can find all SharePointFive videos here:

www.youtube.com/SharePointFive

 

Enjoy and stay tuned till the next time!

Martin

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Dear all,

 

Shallow Copy is one of the new features added by the SharePoint Server 2010 SP1. Citing Microsoft, it does the following:

 

Shallow copy is a migration technique in which structured site collection data is moved across content databases while the unstructured data remains untouched in its originally configured BLOB store.

 

Sounds good, doesn’t it? In other words: The effort to migrate RBS-enabled site collections is greatly reduced – because we don’t have to consider the moving of the BLOB content anymore. Good!

 

The shallow copy can be performed using the Move-SPSite cmdlet, by simply specifying the RbsProviderMapping parameter. Here is an example:

 

Move-SPSite -Identity <Url> -DestinationDatabase <DB> 
–RbsProviderMapping @{"sourceProvider1"="targetProvider1",
"sourceProvider2"="targetProvider2"}

 

As stated before, only the structured content database is copied, while the unstructured content, such as BLOB files lying on file systems, remains untouched. Only the ownership information for the BLOB content is copied to the destination database.

 

Stay tuned till the next time!

Best regards,

Martin

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