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Remove-SPSite

Published: July 16, 2012

Applies to:  SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise 

Completely deletes an existing site collection and all subsites.

Remove-SPSite [-Identity] <SPSitePipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DeleteADAccounts <SwitchParameter>] [-GradualDelete <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

Parameters

Parameter Required Type Description

Identity

Required

Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPSitePipeBind

Specifies the identity of the site to delete. The identity can be either a valid URL, in the form http://server_name; a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; or an SPSite object.

AssignmentCollection

Optional

Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPAssignmentCollection

Manages objects for the purpose of proper disposal. Use of objects, such as SPWeb or SPSite, can use large amounts of memory and use of these objects in Windows PowerShell scripts requires proper memory management. Using the SPAssignment object, you can assign objects to a variable and dispose of the objects after they are needed to free up memory. When SPWeb, SPSite, or SPSiteAdministration objects are used, the objects are automatically disposed of if an assignment collection or the Global parameter is not used.

noteNote:

When the Global parameter is used, all objects are contained in the global store. If objects are not immediately used, or disposed of by using the Stop-SPAssignment command, an out-of-memory scenario can occur.

Confirm

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

Prompts you for confirmation before executing the command. For more information, type the following command: get-help about_commonparameters

DeleteADAccounts

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

Forces deletion of user accounts from Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). This applies when in AD DS account creation mode and the value of this parameter is True, AD DS accounts associated with the site collection are also deleted from AD DS.

GradualDelete

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

If provided, occurs gradually to use less system load. This operation is strongly recommended for deleting very large sites.

WhatIf

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

Displays a message that describes the effect of the command instead of executing the command. For more information, type the following command: get-help about_commonparameters

Detailed Description

The Remove-SPSite cmdlet completely deletes an existing site collection and all subsites. This operation cannot be undone.

Input Types

Return Types

------------------EXAMPLE-----------------------

Remove-SPSite –Identity "http://sitename" –GradualDelete –Confirm:$False

This example removes the given site collection and all included sites by using GradualDelete; confirmation has been suppressed.

Change History

Date Description

July 16, 2012

Initial publication

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