Restore-SPSite (DAT file) and build version

May 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM
Is there a better way to package SPSite objects for this project? Maybe a content database full BAK?

I ask because the Restore-SPSite cmdlet can fail if build numbers mismatch. DAT files for this CodePlex project appear to be SharePoint 2013 RTM (15.0.4420.1017)


However, if you attempt to install this CodePlex project on a newer system Restore-SPSite would likely fail. That would include any Windows Server 2012 R2 because of the SP1 slipstream requirement.

Would a content database full SQL BAK to a better way to package SPSite data for restore into any version?
Jul 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Hi Jeff,

I agree, the reason I didn't use a .bak in the first place is due to the size. However, I am working on the latest release now that you will be able to deploy to any version of SharePoint 2013, I may have it finished by tomorrow. However, I travel every Sunday night and on the road through Thursday. So, if not completed tomorrow it will be next weekend and will include new Navigation, Branding, and a few new dashboards.

I just release the SQL 2014 Content Pack, please let me know what you think...


Jul 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM
Cool stuff, thanks Ivan! Sounds awesome. Yeah, I've been meaning to build a new SP2013 2 VM lab from scratch with WinSrv 2012 R2 (mainly to get IE11 for JavaScript debug).

It would be fun to include these BI demos with an "after" snapshot once I have the core install stable. You're doing fantastic work here! BI is a feature with great potential but so many users have a hard time getting started. Infrastructure delay and hurdles to install/configure are part of that. Having work examples like this is a smart way to educate and lower the getting started barrier.

Keep up the great work!
Jul 16, 2014 at 4:51 PM
Did you see Critical Path Training 125pg PDF on Major Update to our SharePoint VM Build Guide (BI)?

I haven't walked through the steps but appears to have 5 SQL instances. Very interesting.
  1. relational - SP core
  2. SSAS - multi
  3. SSAS - tab
  4. SSAS - PowerPivot
  5. relational - Access 2013
Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM
Hi Evan,

I am a SharePoint developer and I am trying to install Self service BI to learn new features of it for my Organization.
However I get this Restore-SPSite command error during installation after I followed steps created by spjeff.

I tried SP2013 with SP1 and then SP2013 to restore the .dat file but still getting the same error.

Can you help me getting rid of this problem?