While doing some Configuration Manager maintenance, I needed to completely remove a defunct site system. I removed all the roles that were still present but was unable to delete the site system because the Component Server role was still installed.
This role is supposed to be automatically removed when all other roles are removed, but it lingered. A site maintenance tasks would have probably cleaned it up eventually, but I needed to remove it sooner rather than later. So I forced the issue.
First, I opened the properties of the Site System role on the server I mean to delete and checked the “Require the site server to initiate connections to this site system” box.
I waited a few minutes to let Configuration Manager update itself, then, on the Primary Site Server, I restarted the SMS_SITE_COMPONENT_MANAGER service.
Then, refreshing the “Servers and Site System Roles” page in the Configuration Manager console only listed “Site System.” I was then able to right-click the system and choose delete.
Shane Skriletz, PEI
Thanks! Its really helped me
Still works on SCCM version 1610
Still works on SCCM version 1702.
This help, thanks.
+1 for 1706. Thanks. I love how MS adds a component separate to anything you requested SCCM to install then it prevents you getting rid of it until this action is taken or you wait an undetermined amount of time for it to disappear!
Thanks very much. This really worked and saved me precious time. I wasted 2 days completely on this and then able to fix with this method. Billions of thanks to you.
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Awesome! Worked like a charm. Thanks.
We’re glad you found this helpful! Thanks for reading!
Still working on 1802. Thanks
Still working on 1806.
great, thank you for the write up and worked like a charm.
Still working on 1902.
Thanks for the update, Greg! And thanks for reading!
Thanks for sharing this, it helped me out today on 1902 update rollup.
I found all I needed to do was tick the “Require the site server to initiate connections to this site system” box on this role, after a minute or two the component server role was removed so I could delete the site server without restarting the service. This might have been coincidence but I’d waited around 45 minutes before trying this and it then happened almost instantly. Could be worth anyone else in this situation trying just checking the box and waiting a minute before restarting the service too.
That’s a good tip, Calum! Thanks for reading!