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SharePoint : Update URLs after resotring a content DB of hostnamed site collections


To change or update URLS after resotring a content DB of hostnamed site collections, use
stsadm -o renamesite -oldurl http://abc.com -newurl http://abc-uat.com

You only need to rename the root hostnamed site collection. It will reflect on the other HNSC starting with the same URL.

If you try using Set-SPSiteURL on an HNSC with  same starting url, you will get the error : Could not perform this operation on the site collection
http://abc.com. To add a URL for this site collection add a URL to the root host-named site collection at http://abc.com. At line:1 char:1

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