Cloning A Site Collection In The Same Farm

The most reliable way to clone a Site Collection in the same SharePoint Farm is to use the Backup-SPSite and Restore-SPSite commands through PowerShell or the SharePoint Management Console.

The following scenario has been tested on the same farm:

  • Backup a single site collection from Web Application A & Content Database A
  • Restore the backed up site collection to Web Application B & Content Database B

Things you need to remember:

  • The Farm account needs DBO access to target Content Database
  • The Farm account and Timer Service account need read/write access to the source backup file

Potential issues you can encounter:

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