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    Copying files to another library in another site or site collection

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    One limitation of SharePoint designer, is that it can only copy files from a library to another library in the same site. This does have a purpose, but this is isn’t really an archiving solution.

    The following code copying files (and metadata) from view in a library to another library in another site or site collection.

    $web = Get-SPWeb “http://sp10/





    $ver = $host | select version

    if ($ver.Version.Major -gt 1) {$host.Runspace.ThreadOptions = “ReuseThread”}


    if ((Get-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell” -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null)


    Add-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”



    $web = Get-SPWeb “http://sp10/”




    $list = $web.Lists[$listnamefrom]

    $view = $list.Views[$viewName]

    $columns=New-Object System.Collections.ArrayList

    $dlist = $web.Lists[$listnameTo]

    foreach ($col in $view.ViewFields)


    if($col -ne “DocIcon” -and $col -ne “LinkFilename” -and $col -ne “Modified” -and

    $col -ne “Editor”)






    $items = $list.GetItems($view)

    #$AllFolders = $sList.Folders

    $RootFolder = $list.RootFolder

    $RootItems = $RootFolder.files

    foreach($RootItem in $RootItems)


    write-host $RootItem.Name

    $sBytes = $RootItem.OpenBinary()

    $dFile = $dList.RootFolder.Files.Add($RootItem.Name, $sBytes, $true)

    #$AllFields = $RootItem.Item.Fields | ? {!($_.sealed)}


    foreach($Field in $columns)


    $dFile.AddProperty($Field, $RootItem.Properties[$Field])



    write-host “Updated”



    write-host “Done”




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