Multiple stsadm restore to same machine fails

Discussion in 'ASP .Net Web Services' started by Tariq, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Tariq

    Tariq Guest

    Hi does anyone know why multiple stsadm restores of a single site on to
    the
    same box fails?

    stsadm complains
    "No content databases are available for restoring this site collection.
    Create a new content database and then try the restore operation again.
    To
    create a new content database, on the Virtual Server Settings page for
    the
    virtual server, click Manage content databases. On the Manage Content
    Databases page, click Add a content database."
    I'm curious to know why,

    -Tariq
    Tariq, Jun 21, 2004
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    >From: "Tariq" <>
    >Newsgroups: microsoft.public.dotnet.framework.aspnet.webservices
    >Subject: Multiple stsadm restore to same machine fails
    >Date: 20 Jun 2004 22:32:41 -0700
    >
    >Hi does anyone know why multiple stsadm restores of a single site on to
    >the
    >same box fails?
    >
    >stsadm complains
    >"No content databases are available for restoring this site collection.
    >Create a new content database and then try the restore operation again.
    >To
    >create a new content database, on the Virtual Server Settings page for
    >the
    >virtual server, click Manage content databases. On the Manage Content
    >Databases page, click Add a content database."
    >I'm curious to know why,
    >
    >-Tariq
    >
    >


    Hi Tariq,

    The error you are getting is in regards to Windows SharePoint Services 2003.

    Issue is addressed in the new Windows SharePoint Services admin guide:

    About GUIDs and Restoring Site Collections:

    If you attempt to restore a backup of a site collection more than once to the same
    content database, you may get the following error message: "No content databases
    are available for restoring this site collection. Create a new content database and
    then try the restore operation again." This is because the globally-unique
    identifiers (GUID) for lists are preserved in the backup file and reused during
    restore, but the content database requires list GUIDs to be unique. Therefore, you
    cannot restore a site collection twice to the same content database, and must
    instead use a different content database.

    So, you can go and create a new content database in the current site and the site
    will restore. Also you can use the smigrate utility which will create a new GUID when restoring.

    Hope that helps,

    Michelle

    ***Disclaimer: This posting is provided "as is" with no warranties and confers no rights.***
    Michelle Hlaing, Feb 23, 2005
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