Manage unused Web sites (Office SharePoint Server Central Administration Help)

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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You can use the Site Use Confirmation and Deletion page to help limit the space and resources consumed by unused site collections. Owners of unused site collections can be notified by e-mail to confirm whether or not their unused or seldom-used site collections should be kept. You can specify that the unused site collections be deleted if the notified site collection owners do not respond or if they respond that their site collections are not needed.

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Application Management.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Site Management section, click Site use confirmation and deletion.

  3. On the Site Use Confirmation and Deletion page, in the Web Application section, click Change Web Application on the Web Application menu.

  4. On the Select Web Application page, click the Web application that you want to change to.

  5. In the Confirmation and Automatic Deletion Settings section, select the Send e-mail notifications to owners of unused site collections check box.

  6. In the Start sending notifications box, type a value in days to wait after the initial site creation or after the last use of the site before sending an e-mail notification.

  7. Using the appropriate lists, specify a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule for checking for unused site collections and for sending e-mail notifications about unused site collections.

  8. To automatically delete a site collection if its use is not confirmed by its owner, select the Automatically delete the site collection if use is not confirmed check box.

    • Type a value in the corresponding box to specify how many notices to send before deleting the site collection.