Monday, July 9, 2012

SharePoint 2010 | Content Deployment using Path and Jobs from Central Admin | Errors


We have a staging source and target production.  For 1st migration on blank site collection :

1. Even if we migrate content to a blank site collections we get many warnings like :


[WebFeature] [Publishing]   Warning: Provisioning did not succeed. Details: Failed to create the 'Images' library. OriginalException: The feature failed to activate because a list at 'PublishingImages' already exists in this site.  Delete or rename the list and try activating the feature again.


Warning: Provisioning did not succeed. Details: Failed to create the 'Images' library. OriginalException: The feature failed to activate because a list at 'PublishingImages' already exists in this site.  Delete or rename the list and try activating the feature again.


Warning: User or group 19 cannot be resolved.


 Can we use a backup of staging as target instead of blank . What else than initial migration failure should I aspect as drawback in this ?



Content deployment deploys the most recent major and minor versions of a content item. For example, if version 2.7 of a Web page is being deployed, the most recent major version (2.0) of the page, and the most recent minor version (2.7), will be deployed to the destination site.

Is it possible to limit the migration to last major version only ?

  1. We have started with blank site collection using powershell. Still getting the error in point one.

  2. I refer to http://centralAdmin/_admin/Deployment.aspx in this problem statements above.

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Microsoft's Stefan Go├čner has a great post about content deployment that I recommend you review.


In the section about the requirements for a successfuly content deployment, he recommends using an empty site collection for the destination and not a site collection with the Blank Site template (STS#1):
3) Use an empty site collection as the destination of your content deployment job

As already discussed in Part 5 content deployment will fail if the destination database contains conflicting content. To avoid this it is required that the initial deployment is done into an empty site collection.

Be aware that the only way to create an empty site collection is to use the following STSADM command:

STSADM.EXE -o createsite -url <url-to-site-collection> -ownerlogin domain\user -owneremail <email-address>

Using the "Blank Site" template will NOT create an empty site collection! It will actually create a site collection with content. You can see the difference if you create a site collection using both methods and then inspect the content of the created sites using SharePoint designer.

I personally recommed to always use the STSADM command with the syntax above to ensure that you really have an empty site collection as destination.

Impact: If the site collection has been created using a different method or already contains data the content deployment job will fail.

How to resolve: Deploy into an empty site collection

For your second question, content deployment will deploy the latest published version. If you don't want a minor version to be deployed (it's a draft, perhaps), simply do not publish it.



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To create a site collection that does not have a template (an empty site template) you omit the -template parameter in the New-SPSite cmdlet.

If you create a blank site using the STS#0, this will not work for the task you are trying to complete.



Try deleting the target site collection and recreating it using New-SPSite but do not specify the template.

Then re-run your publishing job.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012


variationsfixuptool is used to correct variations system data
on publishing sites or pages.If you want to analyze the actual site structure
and the data stored in the relationships list this tool may be good one.


stsadm -o variationsfixuptool

   -url <source variation site URL>








Parameter name Value Required? Description
url A valid URL, such as http://server_name Yes The URL of a site in source variation where variations system data is being analyzed or corrected.
scan <none> No Analyzes the variations hierarchy and report findings.
This parameter provides functionality that cannot be accessed using the Central Administration Web site.
For each Site/Page, it reports:
  • If the source site is marked as being in the source variation hierarchy (SPWeb.AllProperties["__InSourceHierarchy"] == True ?). If the site is marked as being in the source hierarchy means that the page is part of the source hierarchy.
  • The Variation Group Id of the source site or page (SPWeb.AllProperties["Variation Group Id"] or PublishingPage.ListItem[FieldId.VariationGroupId])
  • Which peers are registered in the relationships list with same Variation Group Id
  • If a variation peer exists in the configured labels (default is all spawned labels) by first checking if a peer is configured in the relationships list with the same variation group ID for the given label. If no peer can be found using the relationships list we try to lookup the peer using the default URL that would be used when creating a variant in the given label
  • The variation group id of the variation peers in the target labels (SPWeb.AllProperties["Variation Group Id"] or PublishingPage.ListItem[FieldId.VariationGroupId])
  • If the source site/page is configured in the relationships list
  • In addition the command reports the variation labels used for the peer check (default is all spawned labels).
  • The tool will not identify any issues - it is required to analyze the report in detail and interpret it in order to find problems.
recurse <none> No Scan or fix all subsites of the site specified by the url parameter.
label A valid label name, such as "English" No Name of the label of the variation target.
fix <none> No Corrects invalid variations system data that are found. If the recurse parameter is used, fixes are done recursively for all subsites.
This parameter provides functionality that cannot be accessed using the Central Administration Web site.Fix mode will not create missing variation peers.
The following issues are automatically fixed:
  • Missing Variation Group ID on source site or source page
  • Missing relationships list entry for source or target page or site
  • Missing Variation Group ID on target site or target page
  • Different Variation Group ID in source site/page and target site/page (source ID will win)
spawn <none> No Creates new site variations on the source variation site specified by the url parameter for all target variations labels. If the recurse parameter is used, variations for subsites and pages are also created.
This parameter equivalent to the New Variation Site user interface setting that is located on the Site Content and Structure page.
This operation mode cannot be used to spawn pages in already spawned sites.
The command initiates the site spawn operation by creating a scheduled work item for the SpawnSiteJobDefinition timerjob. The spawn will be performed as soon as the timerjob runs.
The difference between the scheduled work item created by the CPVAreaEventReceiver and the Variationsfixuptool is that the tool has the option to create a workitem, which only spawns the site to one specific variation rather than to all spawned variation labels.
A common use scenario is to configure the source variation label with the Hierarchy Creation option to create only the root site and not the complete hierarchy and later to spawn the hierarchy or parts of the hierarchy from the source label using the STSADM command.
In MOSS 2007, this command was a major benefit compared to the automatic hierarchy creation in the UI, as it was the only way to force the creation in OWSTIMER rather than W3WP.
With SharePoint 2010 where all actions are already in OWSTIMER the benefit of using the STSADM command rather than the UI is rather limited.
showrunningjobs <none> No Displays current status of Variations Propagate Page Job Definition and Variations Propagate Site Job Definition timer jobs that are located on the Timer Job Status page of the SharePoint Central Administration Web site. But this does not provide information about Variations Create Hierarchies Job Definition , Variations Create Page Job Definition and Variations Create Site Job Definition.You only get to know about Variations Propagate Page Job Definition and Variations Propagate Site Job Definition.
Example :
stsadm -o variationsfixuptool -scan -url http://server/sites/pub/vhome/source -recurse > C:\report1.html

Source of information :

SharePoint Variations – The complete Guide – Part 11 – Variations Fixup Tool (

Use the variationsfixuptool operation (SharePoint Server 2010) []

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