SharePoint 2010: Metadata field values not saved on imported sites


Consider the following scenario:

You have a site that contains lists with columns that are connected to a Managed Metadata term store.
You export that site and import it as a new site.  When you add a new document to the list in the new site and specify a value for the Managed Metadata column, that value is not retained.  Instead the column remains blank.


This issue happens when any of the below is true:

  • The site was exported without user security information.
  • The site was imported without user security information.
  • A template name was specified when creating the new site before import.
  • For example: New-SPSite-Url <New SiteUrl> -owneralias <alias> -Template "STS#0"


Ensure to include user security information in export and import operation AND do not specify a template when creating the import site.

In other words, use code like:

Export-SPWeb -Identity <Existing WebUrl> -Path <Backup FilePath> -IncludeUserSecurity

$MySite = New-SPSite -Url <New SiteUrl> -owneralias <alias>

$MyWeb = $MySite.RootWeb

Import-SPWeb $MyWeb -Path <Backup FilePath> -IncludeUserSecurity


Article ID: 2622517 - Last Review: Oct 7, 2011 - Revision: 1

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1