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Restore a deleted site collection (SharePoint Foundation 2010)

SharePoint 2010

Published: June 28, 2011

This article describes new functionality of how to restore a deleted site collection in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 with Service Pack 1.

In prior versions of SharePoint Foundation 2010, if a site collection (that is, an SPSite object) was accidentally deleted, there was not a direct way of restoring a specific deleted site collection. The only method to restore a deleted site collection was to restore the entire farm from a backup. This was costly and time consuming, and typically was not performed.

When a site collection is accidentally deleted in SharePoint Foundation 2010 with SP1, the deleted site collection is stored in the SPDeletedSite object, not the SPSite object. Therefore, to restore a deleted site collection, you must use the Restore-SPDeletedSite Windows PowerShell cmdlet or programmatically access the object model.

For examples of how to use the SPDeletedSite cmdlets, see Site management cmdlets (SharePoint Foundation 2010).

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