Archive: August, 2011

How to delete a service application using Powershell

1 comment August 9th, 2011

The SharePoint 2010 Central Administration is great, but just like every other version of SharePoint, it doesn’t always quite cut it and even though you’re the “Admin” you inevitabley won’t be able to do something you want to do.  Go figure right? We can’t do whatever we want when we want to? Who would have though that? 

Well STSADM used to be to the “one” who wouldn’t say “NO” as much as often or as LOUD as CA while giving you less lame excuses. 

With SP2010, PowerShell is another option we have to turn to that does more of what we want when we want with even less lame excuses.

Let’s run through how to delete a service application when CA is saying NO…

Lets find the service application we want to delete using the following command:

$spapp = Get-SPServiceApplication -Name "Service Application Name"

For the “Service Application Name” (yes, include the quotes in the command) just type the service name you see in your CA under:

Central Administration >> Application Management >> Service Applications >> Manage service applications

or since we are talking about using Powershell, use the following command to display the services:


For Example: Search Service Application

So your command might look like this:

$spapp = Get-SPServiceApplication -Name "Search Service Application"

So if you remember in STSADM, you would have to run a command that would output the GUID for you, then run another command with the GUID included to get your desired results right?  Powershell actually stores the GUID in the $spapp variable for you.  So all you have to do is run this command and you can kiss that Service Application goodbye.

So keeping in mind that $spapp is storing the GUID for you, type the following command:

Remove-SPServiceApplication $spapp

If you would also like to remove the associated database(s), type the following command:

Remove-SPServiceApplication $spapp -RemoveData

So long story short:

$spapp = Get-SPServiceApplication -Name "Search Service Application"
Remove-SPServiceApplication $spapp


Remove-SPServiceApplication $spapp -RemoveData