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Beginning SharePoint® 2007 Administration: Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 and Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by Göran Husman

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4.6. Uninstalling MOSS

The final section of this chapter is about removing MOSS. Remember that when you install MOSS, you also install WSS. Unlike the earlier SharePoint 2003, now both MOSS and WSS will be removed when you uninstall MOSS. You can choose to remove just MOSS and WSS, or MOSS, WSS, and the databases. If the databases remain, you can later reinstall MOSS and WSS and reconnect to these databases.

4.6.1. Uninstalling the Portal Site but Leaving MOSS Intact

This removes the MOSS portal site and its team sites from a given web application, but it does not remove the binary files from the server. For example, you may have a test environment using a separate web application, and you might also have a production MOSS using another web application on the same physical Windows 2003 server.

To remove the test environment, follow these steps:

  1. Start SharePoint's Central Administration tool: Start Administrative Tools SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.

  2. Switch to the Application Management page, then click Delete site collection, in the SharePoint Site Management section.

  3. Next to the label Site Collection, click on No Selection, then Change Site Collection, and select the site collection used by the portal site, then click OK.

  4. On the next page, make sure that you have selected ...

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