Can't restart SharePoint

Posted on 2011-05-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have a SharePoint portal running SharePoint Foundation 2010. I installed SharePoint Search Service on top of this so we could have the advanced search capabilities. I installed Search Service improperly. The documentation I read said I could uninstall it, run the SharePoint configuration wizard and SharePoint would come back (obviously not). The databases are all still there (data intact) as are all pages and assets related to SharePoint. Is there any way to get this running again without losing all data?
Question by:whitlockit
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    Accepted Solution

    Sure you can:

    - backup all content databases (write down which web app they belong to)
    - remove the other configuration and service application databases
    - reinstall SharePoint 2010 foundation
    - recreate the web applications with content databases with a temporary name
    - add the existing content databases to the web application(s)
    - remove the temporary content databases with the temporary names

    Author Comment

    Last night I was thinking about detaching all databases, reinstalling SharePoint and reattaching the databases. I was told that would not work though so I was afraid of overwriting all of my data. Is this the same thing you are talking about?
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    Expert Comment

    You need to detach your content dbs and remove the other sp databases. Reinstall and create web applications with temp content dbs with different db names. Then reattach and then add the content dbs to your web app in central admin and fhen remove the temp db from the web app in central admin  

    Author Comment

    Thanks KoenVosters! I appreciate all the help. We are up and running.

    Author Closing Comment

    Totally nailed the answer

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