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Export Personal Site to readable file SP2007

Export Personal Site to readable file SP2007

Export Personal Site to readable file SP2007

I have been asked by mgmt to export users sites to a flat file with any of the docs they have uploaded to their site to be available. They want this done prior to the user account removal when someone leaves the company as they are afraid that if the site gets removed some critical document might disappear. Is there any way to natively do this in SharePoint 2007 and if not is there an inexpensive solution to be able to do this?

RE: Export Personal Site to readable file SP2007

1. you can always get the data from a backup.
2. check the site trashcan.
3. if you are a farm admin, you can gain access to their site, and do what you want.
4. create a powershell script to pull the data from the libraries.


RE: Export Personal Site to readable file SP2007

Thanks ehaze for the response. Unfortunately we do not retain the backups forever but mgmt wants the data to be available forever. Now I am fairly new to SharePoint but I think the fear is that once a users account is deleted the site disappears as well, is this correct? I would love to use a powershell script to pull the data but so far I have found that SharePoint 2007 is not very powershell friendly. Have you been able to do this in 2007 SharePoint environment?

RE: Export Personal Site to readable file SP2007

I haven't messed with SP2007 in a couple years, sorry.

Some PowerShell 101:

Once a user is no longer 'active' in Active Directory, SharePoint sees this as a flag to purge the users MySite. The users manager should receive an email alerting them of the scheduled purge. At this point, the manager is the owner of the site.

If you know that someone will be let go, you could always go in and make yourself an owner, then do the following:
Open the Shared Docs library in explorer view.
Navigate up one level.
Copy all the site data to a different location.


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