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Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.

Could not find the file Exportsettings.xml

Could not find the file ‘C:WINDOWSTEMPf611fafc-73d8-4b48-bc1e-f9ef6d7cb991Exportsettings.xml’

This error message comes up when performing a SharePoint Designer 2007 site export and import above 25 MB.     There are some helpful blog articles already written on this like farhanfaiz’s post with a sample XML file with cabsdk workaround.     And this Technet post encourages server side changes to allow for larger files.    However, you might find yourself like me without server access and unable to resolve the issue.

Backup Steps

  • Open SharePoint Designer to the source site
  • Click [ Site Administration Backup Web Site ]

  • Provide a local file name to save output
  • Do not trust the success message.  If your site was over 25 MB it actually just failed.   Delete the CWP file, it’s worthless.   


  • Browse to the site’s Recycle Bin and restore all of the files with a crazy GUID number prefix

  • Open the site’s root folder in SharePoint Designer
  • Highlight these GUID files, right click Publish, and send them to your local file system


  • Create a New Folder on the local file system
  • Extract the content of all the CMP files to this folder
  • Use [ CABARC N newfile.cmp *.* ] to build a single large CMP file
  • This new CMP file contains all of the files of the disparate ones.    It’s easy to manage and provide a reliable import mechanism.
  • If restoring to another MOSS farm first move this new CMP file to that remote machine


Restore Steps

  • Open SharePoint Designer to the target site
  • Click [ Site Administration Restore Web Site ]

  • Browse for [ newfile.cmp ]
  • Enjoy seeing the restored files in the target site’s home folder
  • Go open a cold beer!   


NOTE:   You can also use [ STSADM -O IMPORT -URL FILENAME newfile.cmp ] for the restore if you have console access on the destination MOSS server.


NOTE:   If the target MOSS farm lacks Feature Definitions (SPFeature) the source had activated the import will fail.   To resolve you can:

  1. Install the features
  2. Open the Manifest.xml and Requirements.xml inside of the CMP to remove those references with Notepad.    Re-create the CMP with CABARC and then run the import again.

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