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site created from template but URL results in 404 unless full path is used

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 14, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

I'm fairly new to Sharepoint 2010, but after two days of playing around with this, I feel like I've tried all possible permutations and need some assistance.  Here is the scenario:

Basically, we have a site, a blank site, created by a predecessor, that we've been using as a 'template' for new subsites.  It's not a real template though, native to Sharepoint, it's an actual subsite that we use stsadm.exe to import. (STSADM.EXE -o import -url http://aaaaa/bbbbbbb/NewToolName -includeusersecurity -filename C:\ddddddddd\ffffffffff.dat).

Unfortunately, our server is about to be absorbed into a larger Sharepoint farm, and we'll no longer have access to the box, to run direct admin commands.

I've been testing the actual template functionality, and it's coming up far short of what we currently get by importing that site via cmd line.  What I've done is essentially saved that blank site as a template, then tested it by creating sites based on that template.  And it's pretty messy!

- permission are lost (noted in the help so that's not unexpected, just inconvenient)
- subsites don't carry over--in this case, a blog
- links don't function properly, due to a relativity issue,

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