Problem: Inside variation labels, if we click on create hierarchies button nothing happens.
Scenario: I had a publishing site with variation enabled on a specific port. I backed up the site and restore it on a web site hosted on another server. This new website is on different port. Now i created a new variation label inside new site and after creating variation label, when i clicked on Create Hierarchies button nothing got happen. So i started to search the root cause of this problem. I first open the variation link to check the variation settings and here i found that location in the variation home section was pointed to the old server and settings were disabled. Humnnn it meant that this was the root cause of the problem. So question arises that how to change the settings as i wanted to keep all the sites that were earlier created by using variation hierarchies and using GUI there was no option to reset these settings. After searching Google, i couldn’t find any specific things regarding this. Problem was that linking in variation settings was not appropriate. So after spending lots of hours to fix this problem i came to know that there is a hidden relationship list inside the publishing site that has variation functionality. So after tweaking my site URL i got that list. Below are the steps to fix this problem.
1. Append your root site URL like this “http://testserver:9001/relationships%20list/allitems.aspx“.
2. Relationships List will open and here you will see so many entries of (no title) depending upon the earlier sites created.
3. You have to open and view each item until you find the value “F68A02C8-2DCC-4894-B67D-BBAED5A066F9” against the GroupId column.
4. This item has relation link for variation home site and this value will same for all publishing sites having variations.
5. Edit the item.
6. Against ObjectId column fill the URL of root site e.g. http://testserver:9001
7. Give any title and click on OK button.
8. Come out from that list, create a new variation label and then create hierarchies button.
9. Voilà hierarchies are creating now.