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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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2.5. Uninstalling WSS

The final section of this chapter is about removing WSS. You can choose to remove just a single site collection, for example used for your team sites, or you can remove a complete WSS installation and all its databases. If the databases remain, you can later reinstall WSS and reconnect to those databases.

2.5.1. Removing a Site Collection but Leaving the Binary Files

This process removes a given site collection in WSS from its web application, but it does not remove the binary files from the server, nor its database files. For example, you may have a test environment using one web application and a production WSS using another web application on the same physical Windows 2003 server, and now you want to copy the site collection between these web applications.

To remove the test environment, follow these steps:

  1. Start the SharePoint Central Administration tool.

  2. Open the Application Management page.

  3. Click Delete site collection in the SharePoint Site Management section.

  4. Click the menu next to the site collection, and select Change Site Collection.

  5. Select the site collection to be removed. When you are absolutely sure it is the right one, click OK.

  6. Click Delete and then OK to permanently delete the web site.

  7. Click OK.

You are now free to use the web application for other site collections. If you have another site collection in the same web application, it will continue to work, since the previous steps just deleted one single site collection, not the complete web ...

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