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Saving site as an template, and, creating new site with the saved template.

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint


What is the process to save site as an template and create new site collection using the saved template?



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W/O modifying the content, except setting the output path of the webtemp file to another language, I have the following error when I try to create a site based on this template :


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