I am working to set up a test site that is exactly like my live multisite. I have a new domain and database all ready to go with a fresh install of wordpress on it. i was planning on using snapshot to do this. I thought I would be able to copy the entire multisite network in one fell swoop with snapshot but from some comments I read at the end of the instructions for migrating with snapshot, it doesn't seem possible. Is that correct?
I would be ok just migrating the main site and 2 or 3 subsites for testing purposes. So my question is: I have the new site ready to go with multisite enabled, the theme activated that is currently being used on the live site but should I pre install all the same plugins from the live site to the new test site before attempting the migration? After migrating the main site, do I activate snapshot on the subsites and then do the same procedure to copy over to the new test site?
Secondly, now that I think about it.......are the backups that I am doing with snapshot only backing up my main site? Do I need to actually do 84 separate backups to have a backup of my entire network? Finally, my live multisite database is located on the same server as the test database. Can I use the mysql operations tab to simply copy over the entire database to the test database without using snapshot? That seems too easy and too good to be true.