Validation Error: Unable to connect to site.

Jan 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM



I have taken over a 6 server SharePoint (Enterprise) 2010 Farm.  The first thing I did once I was given RDP access, was to have a shifty on each of the servers.

On one of the load balanced app servers. I discover Chris's Content Deployment Wizard 2.8 which was clearly installed by the consultants who originally setup the farm. Since, I  want to back up/export some of the site I

So on the locally A/S in the Content wizard  I have entered

http://[SHORTENED_URL] note, when I enter this in IE running alongside I have no problems

http://[FULLY_QUALIFIED_URL] note, when I enter this in IE running alongside  I have no problems




In each case, I get a Validation Error: Unable to connect to Site [ADDR_URL]  please check the URL.


Has anyone seen this?  I have noticed a few things linked to my lack of permissions - seems not all Farm Admins are equal! However this just looks like straight http connection validation.







Jan 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Edited Jan 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM


today Chris's wonderful Content Deployment Wizard as administrator and http://[SHORTENED_URL] worked without any problems. I also ran the PowerShell cmdlet:  Backup-SPSite - once I got PowerShell remoting to work.  I wonder which of the two methods works the best on a restore?