Backup and Restore SharePoint Services 3.0 sites

I tried to make a copy of one of our SharePoint sites.
It took some help to figure out how to this. So for the future, lets put it here.

The  thing you should check are the version numbers of the original and target SharePoint servers are the same.
They MUST be the same.
In my case the SharePoint Services 3.0 was updated with SP1. The version number is : 12.0.0.6219
You can check this at “Central Administration, Site Actions, Site Settings”.
The site specifications are at the top of the page. Here you will find the version number.

Backup

First the backup of the original site. The easiest way to do this is with stsadm.exe. This command line util will let you schedule your backup of SharePoint Services 3.0.Continue reading