A [similar question] was asked here 1 Copying metadata and code from one Production org to another
and I have a twist on this...
Assuming there are two orgs, Prod1 and DE, or Prod1 and Prod2.
Assume I don't have access to Prod1, but I have a .zip file of Prod1's schema. Assume this was created via the Export... feature.
Has anyone tried to Import... a .zip file, open it up in a new Project, and then deploy that metadata to a new Server (Prod2 or DE)? That is, you're not able to connect directly to Prod1 to capture its schema.
I've been having trouble with a couple phases of this attempt: - using the wizards I can associate the .zip file to import but it seems like I have to have a new destination Project created first to tell Eclipse where to extract the zip - true / false? - if I manage to do some pasting to get the src folder into a Project, right-mouse-button clicking to go to Force.com >.... does NOT show a "Deploy to Server" submenu option. Instead of the 5-8 submenu options only 1 shows up.