Delete a Web application

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-08

Before you perform these procedures, confirm that:

Delete a Web application

Use this procedure to delete a Web application.


At the minimum, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group to complete this procedure using the user interface.

Delete a Web application by using Central Administration

  1. On the top link bar of the Central Administration site, click Application Management.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Web Application Management section, click Delete Web Application.

  3. On the Delete Web Application page, verify that the Web application you want is selected. If it is not, on the Web Application menu, click Change Web Application. Next, on the Select Web Application page, click the Web application which you want to delete.

  4. After the correct Web application is selected, in the Deletion Options section, under Delete content databases, select Yes to delete the content databases associated with the Web application. Otherwise, select No to keep the content databases.


    If your IT environment requires the use of a database administrator (DBA) for database creation and management, you might need to contact your DBA to delete the content databases for the Web application. For information about deploying in an environment that uses DBA-created databases, see Deploy using DBA-created databases (Office SharePoint Server).

  5. Under Delete IIS Web sites, select Yes to delete the Web application and the associated IIS Web site. Otherwise, select No to remove only the association of the IIS Web site with the Web application.

  6. Click Delete.

  7. In the dialog box, click OK.