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Remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 after upgrade is complete

SharePoint 2007

Updated: March 5, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2009-03-05

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When you are finished running the upgrade process and all sites have been upgraded successfully, if you no longer need to run Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003, you can remove it. Keep in mind that, if you have performed a gradual upgrade, you can continue to run SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 side by side for as long as you need to. Only remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 when you are certain you no longer need it in your environment.

You have the following two options for removing SharePoint Portal Server 2003:

  • If you have a single server or a small server farm and all sites have been upgraded successfully, you can remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 all at once by uninstalling the product and then deleting all files that are no longer necessary.

  • If you have a large farm or more than one server farm with shared services, remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 gradually.

Remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 all at once

Use the following process to remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 all at once. If you have performed a gradual upgrade, be certain that you no longer need any of the old sites before you uninstall.

  1. Uninstall SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

  2. Delete all SharePoint Portal Server 2003 databases (configuration database, content databases, profiles database, services database).

  3. Delete all SharePoint Portal Server 2003 index files.

  4. Uninstall Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE), if applicable.

Remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 gradually

Use the following process to remove SharePoint Portal Server 2003 gradually as each set of sites, content databases, and Web applications are successfully upgraded.

  1. Delete each personal and team site collection after it has been successfully upgraded.

    You can do this from SharePoint Central Administration in SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Alternatively, you can do this from the command line by running the following command from the %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\bin directory:

    stsadm -o deletesite -url <URL>

    For additional information, see Deletesite: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server).

  2. After all sites within a content database have been deleted, delete the associated content database in SharePoint Central Administration or from the command line as part of the next step.

  3. After all sites on a virtual server have been deleted, use SharePoint Central Administration to remove Windows SharePoint Services from the virtual server — or use the following command line operation:

    stsadm -o unextendvs -url <url> -deletecontent

    For additional information, see Unextendvs: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server).

  4. Optionally, delete the empty virtual servers in Internet Information Services (IIS).

  5. After all associated personal and team sites have been deleted, delete the portal site.

    For more information about deleting a portal site in SharePoint Portal Server 2003, see Deleting a Portal Site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=76023&clcid=0x409).

  6. After the associated portal sites have been deleted, delete the profiles and services databases.

  7. Delete the index files.

  8. After all sites and portal sites have been deleted, uninstall SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

  9. Delete the configuration database.

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This topic is included in the following downloadable book for easier reading and printing:

See the full list of available books at Downloadable content for Office SharePoint Server 2007 .

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