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Manage automatic propagation of variation pages

 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-08-05

The variations feature makes content available to specific audiences on different sites by copying content from a source variation site to each target variation site. The Automatic Creation setting determines whether sites and pages on the source variation site are created automatically on the target variation sites. By default, this setting is enabled. However, there might be cases in which you do not want pages to propagate automatically. For example, if you have multilingual sites, you might not want changes from the source page to propagate automatically to your translated pages. You can use Windows PowerShell and the object model to disable automatic propagation of variation pages. When automatic propagation is disabled, the Automatic Creation setting is ignored for pages, although sites continue to follow the Automatic Creation setting. Instead, you can publish pages on-demand by clicking Create or Update from the Publish menu to propagate source versions to all targets.

For more information about propagating variation pages, see Variations: Propagate Pages on Your Terms. For more information about variations, see Variations overview (SharePoint Server 2010).

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The automatic propagation setting is not accessible in the user interface. You must use Windows PowerShell to change this setting.

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You can disable automatic propagation by using Windows PowerShell and the object model. When automatic propagation is disabled, you can propagate source pages to all targets on-demand by clicking Create or Update from the Publish menu.

To disable automatic propagation of variation pages
  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  2. Copy the following code and paste it into a text editor, such as Notepad:

    $site = Get-SPSite "<VariationURL>"
    $folder = $site.RootWeb.Lists["Relationships List"].RootFolder
    $folder.Properties.Add("DisableAutomaticPropagation", $true)
    $folder.Update()
    $site.Close()
    
  3. Replace <VariationURL> with the URL of the variation site collection.

  4. Save the file, naming it Disable-Propagation.ps1.

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    You can use a different file name, but you must save the file as an ANSI-encoded text file whose extension is .ps1.
  5. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

  6. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.

  7. Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  8. Change to the directory where you saved the file.

  9. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:

    ./Disable-Propagation.ps1
    

You can enable automatic propagation by using Windows PowerShell and the object model.

To enable automatic propagation of variation pages
  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  2. Copy the following code and paste it into a text editor, such as Notepad:

    $site = Get-SPSite "<VariationURL>"
    $folder = $site.RootWeb.Lists["Relationships List"].RootFolder
    $folder.Properties.Remove("DisableAutomaticPropagation")
    $folder.Update()
    $site.Close()
    
  3. Replace <VariationURL> with the URL of the variation site collection.

  4. Save the file, naming it Enable-Propagation.ps1.

    noteNote
    You can use a different file name, but you must save the file as an ANSI-encoded text file whose extension is .ps1.
  5. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

  6. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.

  7. Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  8. Change to the directory where you saved the file.

  9. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:

    ./Enable-Propagation.ps1 
    

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