stsadm Command for Creating Backup and Restoring a Site in SharePoint

In this article, we will discuss how to take a backup and restore it using the stsadmn command in SharePoint (WSS 3.0, MOSS 2007).
In SharePoint 2010, we use Power Shell instead of this command.
Before going for that let’s discuss about stsadm
What is stsadm command?
It is a command line tool for administration of SharePoint sites.
Where it is located in the server?

Normally, it is present in the following path

C:\ProgramFiles\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\Bin

When you are in the Admin groups, you will able to use this command and perform all the functions.
Site Backup & Site Restore:
Navigate to the following path in command prompt first
C:\>cd Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\bin

1. C:\ Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\bin>stsadm.exe –o backup –url “Site URL” –filename “Location of DAT file with extension” -overwrite
2. C:\ Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\bin>stsadm.exe –o restore –url “Site URL” –filename “Location of DAT file with extension” –overwrite

Example:
Location of DAT file with extension – D:\FolderName\FileBackup.dat

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