The template you have chosen is invalid or cannot be found.

Site templates are great ways to support a business process because you can write all of the documents and instructions into one place and then install it where ever it's needed.

But, sometimes site tempates are not perfectly portable and SharePoint makes it hard to figure out what the problem is.

So, under my My Site in a MOSS environment, I created a site using the blank site template.  I exported the site as a template and copied the .stp file to my hard drive.  Then I uploaded it into a different WSS server site template gallery. 

So I cerate a new site, select the new site tempate and, rats:

The template you have chosen is invalid or cannot be found.

The good news is get that link that says:

Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

What is the point of that POS?  It's just there to make it take longer for new people to figure out what their problem is.  Does anyone ever click that link?

One thing I did was check the site's features.  Originally, the site had a translation feature that's not installed on the target host but I disabled that feature and now I just get the error noted above.

Seems like we'll be working on this for a while.

So, just the blank team site won't migrate via template from my MOSS to my WSS.  It will, on the other hand, migrate via template from my WSS to my MOSS.

However, when I look at my site in MOSS and click on Site Actions | Edit Page I get:

An unexpected error has occurred.

And the same Troubleshoot link.

So I can see the site, I just can't edit the page.

Okay, so this wasn't just a blank team site.  It had a goofy XML web part on it that decoded some goofy RSS feed.

So I drop the page into Web Part Maintenance mode by added ?contents=1 to the URL.  I delete the web part and now the page will open just fine.

So, since I really need to get this site moved, I try export and import.  Initailly, the import fails saying:

Fatal Error: Could not find Feature TransMgmtLib

I fix this by looking at the site features under settings.  I guess, this feature is on by default.

On my second try, I get:

Fatal Error: Could not find feature DataConnectionLibrary

Which is a little more difficult to find.  It's in Central Adminsrtation | Operations | Manage Farm Features.

I deactivate it and the import runs without a hitch.





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