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SharePoint 2013

Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Removes a deleted site collection.

Remove-SPDeletedSite [-Identity] <SPDeletedSitePipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-ContentDatabase <SPContentDatabasePipeBind>] [-WebApplication <SPWebApplicationPipeBind>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

This cmdlet was introduced in SharePoint Server 2010 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and SharePoint Foundation 2010 with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Use the Remove-SPDeletedSite cmdlet to permanently remove a deleted site collection from the farm.

Unlike the Remove-SPSite cmdlet that uses the host name and scheme for the Identity parameter (that is, http://server_name), the value of the identity parameter for all SPDeletedSite cmdlets use a server-relative URL. Typically, the forward slash character (/) begins the relative URL and also denotes the root site.

For additional information about a server-relative URL or understanding general concepts about absolute and relative URLs, see Server Relative URL Property or Understanding Absolute and Relative URL Addresses.

SharePoint Management Shell


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the identity of the deleted site collection to permanently delete. The identity can be either a valid server-relative URL in the form /sites/site_name; a valid GUID in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; or an SPDeletedSite object.




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.

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.




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




Specifies the GUID of the content database from which to list site collections.

The type must be a valid database name in the form SPContentDB01 or a valid GUID, for example, 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh.




Specifies the URL, GUID, or name of the Web application from which to list sites.

The type must be a valid URL in the form http://server_name; a valid GUID, for example, 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; or the Web application name, for example, WebApplication1212.




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


Remove-SPDeletedSite -Identity 610857cb-8414-4a89-8bf3-ad3628f6c86c

This example permanently removes a specific deleted site collection by using a site ID.

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