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Sitecore 9 un-install

Sitecore 9 can easily be setup using the Sitecore Install Assistant (SIA). But if you were like me you installed it a few times before you got it right and were left with a few Sitecore 9 instances that you would like to clean up. I'm hoping Sitecore comes up with their own un-installer, but in the meantime here are the steps I followed to cleanup my un-used Sitecore instances.

Assuming the Sitecore 9.2 instance we are going to un-install has the Sitecore prefix SC92

1. Remove the windows services (you can find your service names by opening your local windows services) with "sc.exe delete [servicename]" in cmd prompt.
   I ran the following 3 statements from the cmd as administrator



2. Remove the IdentityServer and xConnect website and application pools from IIS. I right clicked and Removed the following websites from IIS



   Next I right clicked and Removed the following appllication pools from IIS.



3. Delete the Sitecore and xConnect websites from inetpub
   I right clicked and deleted the following folders from my local C:\inetpub\wwwroot



4. Remove the databases from SQL Server prefixed with SC92
   I had to right click and delete the following databases from my SQL server instance



5. Open your windows services and stop your Solr service. Mine was solr-7.5.0 (I right clicked and stopped this service).

6. Delete local Solr indexes. Right click and delete any folder with SC92 prefiex in your solr installation path (mine was D:\solr\solr-7.5.0\server\solr)
   I deleted the following folders locally



6. Open your local hosts file (at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc)
   Remove Hosts entries from hosts.etc file, that are prefixed with SC92. I had to delete the following 2 lines



That's it, you have cleaned up your un-used Sitecore instance. Happy Sitecoreing!

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And you are no longer able to login to the Sitecore admin interface with the default admin username and password b.

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