Renamesite: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server)

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2017-01-25


Changes a URL of a host-named site collection to a new URL. The following conditions apply to the renamesite operation:

  • The site collection remains in the same Web application and content database after the change.

  • Make sure that the new URL is reachable in the Web application. This includes the protocol scheme, the host name, and the port number.

  • The new host-named site collection URL must not already be used as an alternate access mappings. For more information, see Plan alternate access mappings (Office SharePoint Server).

  • The renamesite operation only works with host-named site collections, not with path-based site collections. Therefore, you cannot use this operation to perform such tasks as converting a host-named site collection to a path-based site collection or converting a path-based site collection to a host-named site collection.

For more information on host-named sites and path-named sites, see the Remarks section.


stsadm -o renamesite

**   -oldurl <oldUrl>**

**   -newurl <newUrl>**


Parameter name Value Required? Description


A valid URL, such as "http://server_name"


URL of the site collection that you want to rename.


A valid URL, such as "http://server_name"


URL of the new site collection.


Host-named site collections are popular among individuals or businesses that host a site. These sites are created using the hostheaderwebapplicationurl parameter of the createsite operation. .

You can create many root-level host-named sites within a single Web application. Host-named site collections give you more control over URLs. However, there are the following trade-offs:

  • Host-named sites are only available through the default zone. Users who are configured to authenticate through alternate zones cannot access host-named sites.

  • The alternate access mappings feature does not work with host-named sites.

Path-based sites are the traditional sites that you create using Central Administration. If you choose to use path-based sites, you are limited to a single root-level site collection within a Web application. However, you can use managed paths to create top-level sites beneath the initial root-level site collection. The primary advantage to using path-based sites is that these sites can be accessed from any zone that you configure. Also, the alternate access mappings feature works with all path-based sites.


Rename a host-named site collection

In the example to rename a site collection, HostHeader_1 and HostHeader_2 are be the host-named site collection names.

To rename a site collection, use the following syntax:

stsadm -o renamesite -oldUrl http://HostHeader_1 -newUrl http://HostHeader_2