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I want to make the item B (destination) identical to item A (source), without changing the ID of B. I tried with the following:

var sourceXmlString = source.GetOuterXml(false);
var sourceXml = XElement.Parse(sourceXmlString);
sourceXml.SetAttributeValue(XName.Get("id"), destination.ID.ToString());
sourceXml.SetAttributeValue(XName.Get("parentid"), destination.Parent.ID.ToString());

// Paste the final xml to update the existing item
destination.Parent.Paste(sourceXmlString, false, PasteMode.Merge);

but this strategy does not seem to work for Checkbox fields: the source item has an unchecked checkbox field (the standard value of that checkbox filed is checked) but after running the code the destination item shows the checkbox checked.

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    Why not use powershell to copy the data from the fields of item A to item B? – Gatogordo Feb 15 '18 at 9:23
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    If my understanding is correct for your requirement then I would suggest you to use Clone for this. Here is a post that might guide you in doing so. sitecorejunkie.com/2013/04/27/… – Amitabh Feb 15 '18 at 11:29
  • I have N sites and I need a command that makes the destination site identical to the source site, doing also relink. My code is a customization of Sitecore.SmartCommands - it is executed from a content editor right click menù item (it is in a pipeline). I can't use clones, there will be two independent item instances. – Diego Plutino Feb 15 '18 at 12:11
  • @Amitabh is correct. For your purposes, cloning seems best fit – Peter Procházka Feb 15 '18 at 19:30
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    These sites will be managed by different editors, so they must be independent; if the editor of site A updates an item of site A, the same item in the site B should not be modified. Now we are developing these sites so we are working on a command to copy a site A to a site B without changing item IDs (items are serialized with Unicorn...) – Diego Plutino Feb 16 '18 at 8:48
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You can use Sitecore.Data.Managers.ItemManager.CreateItem method. There is overloaded version that takes item id:

public static Item CreateItem(string itemName, Item destination, ID templateId, ID newId)

then you can copy each field values.

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