Migration in MOSS – the language issues

The processes of migration are described in many articles and blogs, but there is one specific case were the described solution doesn’t work – to migrate a site collection in English (template set to English language) to another Portuguese (template set to Portuguese language). This issue should happen with other languages as well.

The proposed solution (http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/16a7e571-3531-4a4e-baa7-f348a9f9d1d11033.mspx?mfr=true) describes us the process has using the Export and Import approach in the STSADM command, the problem with this is that when you try to import to a site collection in another language the Import process returns an error message saying:

” Cannot import site. The exported site is using language 1033 but the destination site is using language 2070. You can import sites only into sites that are using same language as the exported site.”

It seems that the Export / Import process retains the language, therefore it doesn’t work.


Well, i would like to know also 🙂 but it seems you can perform this process using the API (SPExport / SPImport), but this will only migrate the contents and not the structures.

Future developments will be published . . .

Computer developer/consultant from Portugal. You can find me at ricardo.magalhaes@gmail.com

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