Duplicate Site Collection

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    Jonathan Herschel

    Is it per design that this can only be done in the same tenant?   We are trying to migrate a site from another tenant, but only the tenant the source site is located shows up in the URL box (grayed out)

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    Vic (Edited )

    Hi Jonathan,

    I understand the confusion. The duplicate option is meant to quickly duplicate a site you would use as a template in your environment.

    If you wish to migrate a site to a new location, you would have to use Copy Structure instead.

    There's a note at the beginning of the article about this, but I made sure to make it more obvious.

    Thank you for your feedback.

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    Dean White

    Is there a reason why this action requires a Tenant admin and not just a SharePoint Admin for SharePoint Online?

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    Alex (Edited )

    Hey Dean,

    Good question!

    SharePoint Admin can duplicate just a site collection, however you will need to be a Tenant Admin (or Global Admin) to duplicate Office 365 Groups associated to the site collection. For this reason, we recommend that you have that level of permission when executing this action for a SharePoint online/Office 365 site collection. 

    Hope that helps! 

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    Sui Jinliang

    Is there a way to automate this duplication from Microsoft Flow? It could become a valuable method for provisioning a heavy Site Collection.

     

    Thanks,

    Jin

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    Vic

    Hi Jin,

    ShareGate Desktop doesn't work with Flow at this point, but the application does have scheduling built-in so you can apply a bit of automation to your migration tasks.

    Hope that helps!

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    Steve Pope

    I am trying to duplicate a SC and use the "change the managed path" option.  However, I continue to receive an error shortly after the group and SC is created that says:

    Cannot migrate Office 365 groups between different managed paths ('/sites' and '/teams'). Please change the selected managed path in the options before migrating or change your default managed path at the destination.

    the "help me solve this..." does not resolve to an answer related to the error but goes to the "Cannot connect to the Office Graph" migration error page.

    Please Advise - Thanks.  Steve

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    Alex

    Hello Steve,

    Thanks for your comment! I went ahead and forwarded your message to our Support team. They will be able to better advise you on it!

    Take care!

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    Robert Caretta

    Hi Vic - Could you clarify what this means? "The duplicate option is meant to quickly duplicate a site you would use as a template".  Does this mean when using the duplicate option it creates another template in the tenant? Is that optional or mandatory? 

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    Vic

    Hi Robert,

    There is no template used or created in the process. What I meant is that using Duplicate site collection is a good option if you have an existing site collection you wish to use as a template.

    For example, lets say your company has multiple products, you might want to use the Marketing site collection of one product, and use that site collection as a template for the marketing sites of your other products. In this case, using Duplicate Site Collection is a good option.

    If you're moving your site collection to a new location as is, you will most likely benefit from the more complete set of migration options using Copy Structure instead.

    Have a great day.

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    Karsten Brocksieper

    Hello, Support,

    is it also possible to select the "Content Database" in which the site collection is duplicated when using this option "Duplicate Site Collections"? I have not found a way to do this.

    Thanks for a short info.

    Greetings,
    Karsten

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    Vic

    Hi Karsten,

    Duplicate site collection is done in the same location as the original site collection. It is a simplified version of our migration tool to help you replicate a site in your environment. This is good if you wish to use a specific site collection as a template for multiple departments.


    If you want to move a site to a new content database or SharePoint environment, you can do so with Copy/Copy structure and content.

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    Pramod Fanda (Edited )

    I get this error at the first step of duplicating site collection - Unable to create the office 365 group. This might occurs if a group with the same alias was deleted recently. Any thoughts?

    There are no recently deleted groups that have similar or same name. To me it feels like it is trying to create the group with the same name as that of the source site but I could be wrong as the error message is not very clear.

     

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    Vic

    Hi Pramod,

    I am not certain about the error. I created a request for our support team so they can look into it. They will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Jim Duncan (Edited )

    I see that Duplicate Site Collection will include an Office 365 Group if there is one, but no mention is made of Microsoft Teams, which didn't seem to duplicate.

    I will look for a follow-up article on how to duplicate the Microsoft Teams content, but in case I am unable to find one, are there suggestions on how to proceed?

    EDIT: I now see that there is a Copy Teams job type and have tested it with acceptable results given the Limitations.

    Overall, the intent is just to change the URL of a SharePoint Site that is used by the MS Teams Team, including the managed path (/sites/TeamName1 to /teams/TeamName2).

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