SharePoint 2013

Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Makes a copy of a site collection.

Copy-SPSite [-Identity] <SPSitePipeBind> [-TargetUrl] <String> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-DestinationDatabase <SPContentDatabasePipeBind>] [-HostHeaderWebApplication <String>]

Use the Copy-SPSite cmdlet to make a copy of a site collection from an implied source content database to a specified destination content database.

The copy of the site collection has a new URL and a new SiteID. When you have database snapshot capabilities on a computer running SQL Server, a temporary snapshot of the source database is created for the duration of the copy to prevent any data changes during the copy process. If you do not have database snapshot capabilities on the server running SQL Server, you can back up the source and restore it to the destination to get the same result.

SharePoint Management Shell


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the site collection to copy. This can be a valid URL or GUID.




The URL that will be used for the destination copy of the site collection.




Manages objects for the purpose of proper disposal. Use of objects, such as SPWeb or SPSite, can use large amounts of memory and use of these objects in Windows PowerShell scripts requires proper memory management. Using the SPAssignment object, you can assign objects to a variable and dispose of the objects after they are needed to free up memory. When SPWeb, SPSite, or SPSiteAdministration objects are used, the objects are automatically disposed of if an assignment collection or the Global parameter is not used.

When the Global parameter is used, all objects are contained in the global store. If objects are not immediately used, or disposed of by using the Stop-SPAssignment command, an out-of-memory scenario can occur.




Specifies the location where the copy will be sent to.




Use when the site collection is a host header named site collection that allows the site to land on the correct web application.


Copy-SPSite http://contoso/sites/OldTeam -DestinationDatabase WSS_Content -TargetUrl http://contoso/sites/NewTeam

This example makes a copy of the http://contoso/sites/OldTeam site collection from its database to the WSS_Content database with the new URL, http://contoso/sites/NewTeam and a new Site ID.