MOSS: Back up and Restore Web Sites Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is a good resource for backup and restore. It creates a content migration package (.cmp) for the web site.

The content migration package contains library content, list content, navigation, user information, security settings, personalize settings like views and content types and customization but content migration package does not contain alerts, workflows and properties.  


The first step is open the site in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and move from Site menu to Administration and click on Back Web Site.  

Backup Web Site dialog box will appear which will ask to include all the sub sites in the backup, do as appropriate and click OK.  

File Save dialog box will appear, guide it to the desired location after entering the name of the .cmp file and hit OK.  

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 will take time to crate content migration package depending upon the size of the web site.  


First we will create an empty web site for restoring. For this, open Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and move from File menu to New and click on Web Site. 

In the New Dialog box, select Web Site tab, then select General and then Empty Web Site. Give the desired URL  in the text box at the bottom of the dialog box and click OK. Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 will create a new empty web site.  

Now, move from Site menu to Administration and click on Restore Web Site. Browse to the desired  content migration package (.cmp file) and click OK.

This will start restoring the site and success message  will appear at the end of the process.  


Error occurred while exporting the web http://site URL.

Access is denied.(Eception from HRESULT:0x8007005(E_ACCESSDENIED)) 


You are not the administrator of the site collection. 


Add yourself as site administrator. For this, open SharePoint Central Administration. Move from “Application Management” to “Site collection administrators” under  “SharePoint Site Management”. Add yourself as administrator in the appropriate site collection.



  1. Ivan said

    When I tried to backup MOSS site using Sharepoint Designer in menu Site Administration sub menu was disabled.
    I was logged as Primary Site Collection Administrator. Before site opening appeared dialog box: “Remote Web Site Edition Options”. I choose “Edit live Web site now”.
    What is wrong in my actions?
    Please help.

  2. Nadeem said

    Hi Farhan,
    I followed the above procedure to backup my site through SPD.
    It was working fine from last 4 days, i use to create backup from last 4 days.but now when i m trying to do the same,i m not even getting pop up when i click Backup site ,though Restore site options working fine.Whats wrong with it.Please guide me


  3. farhanfaiz said


    What I can suggest is that try to backup any othert site and see if this works or not.
    I see no reason for not able to backup the site?
    Any error?


  4. Jonas said

    I’m using the german trial version of Sharepoint Designer at the moment and it does the backup without problems, but creates .fwp-files instead of .cmp. Just for your information.

  5. Anonymous said

    I’m getting a whole different problem when trying to migrate a site from one level in the heirarchy to another…

    “Error occured while importing the web http://server/site
    Could not find the file ‘C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\65b41ff5-06aa-4209-89c8-f6be0f1f2542\ExportSettings.xml’.”

    Im accessing the server remotely so I assume it’s looking for a local directory, which doesn’t exist.
    The site in question is too large to create a template in order to migrate it.

    Apparently this is a bug in SPD – a workaround/fix is mentioned here:

  6. Farhan Faiz said

    Kindly visit the following post and hopefully, it will help you.

  7. hana rot said

    when I try to restor the wesite i get the following error :
    error while web could not find feature CoolStuffs.WebPartRecentItems
    please help

    • Farhan Faiz said

      It seems that feature is missing.

  8. Edward said

    Does not work. SPD will not create new blank site. Had to go to server and do it with CA. Then Restore Web Site left out a number of important pages without which the site will not work. In case this was due to aberation due to connection to server, I went through the whole process again. Again the same files were missing.

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