Create SharePoint Site Collection in a Specific Content Database
Ever wanted to create New Site collection in a particular database or Restore the site collection backup to a specific database?
If Yes, Here is the simple Trick: Increase the Maximum Number of Sites. SharePoint places New Sites in the content database where the [Maximum Number of site - Current Number of Sites] delta is a large number!
In Central admin > Manage Content Database page set these options: For all other existing databases
- Set the Maximum number of sites = current Number of sites
- Warning Level = Maximum number of sites -1
Generally SharePoint will place the new site in this particular DB based on the difference between "Current number of Sites" and the "Maximum Number of Sites".
Say for e.g. I had "10" in "Current number of Sites" in all content DB's and 15000 in "Maximum Number of Sites", so I adjusted Maximum Number of Sites & Warning level to - 20000, and the new site I created went and sat into this particular DB.
Alternatively, you can go to Central Administration >> Application Management >> Content Databases and set the existed content databases(Except the one in which sites needs to be created) to “Offline” mode.
Create SharePoint Site Collection in New Content DatabaseIf there is a requirement to create site collection in new or specific content database in SharePoint 2007, here is the stsadm command:
stsadm -o createsiteinnewdb -url http://site-collection-url -owneremail firstname.lastname@example.org -ownerlogin domain\owner -sitetemplate sts -title “Information Technology” -databaseserver "SP-DB-SERVER" -databasename “SP2010_IT”
Create site collection in New content database in SharePoint 2010 using PowerShell:Here is the PowerShell cmdlets to create new site collection in a separate database: http://www.sharepointdiary.com/2013/11/create-site-collection-in-new-specific-database-with-powershell.html
Microsoft recommendation on content database size is not more than 100Gb for MOSS 2007 and 200 GB for SharePoint 2010, because
- It simplifies the backup and restore operations
- It provides flexibility on Disaster Recovery strategies.
Don't want any new site collections to be created in a particular DB?
Some times, we may want to limit the number of site collection in a particular DB. To achieve this, Go to Database settings in Central Admin, Change the Maximum number of site collections settings to be equal to the current number of site collections.
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