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New SP Farm with existing SHAREPOINT DB

Posted on 2013-01-11
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Hello Experts,

We have to reinstall a SP Foundation 2010 on a SBS 2011 Server.
There is again the previous SHAREPOINT DB on the server, which is quite empty.
I would like to create a new SQL instance but we have no SQL Server 2008 R2 media...

Can we use the existing SHAREPOINT DB for the new SP Farm with no risk or do we have to create a new SQL instance for the new SP Farm ?

Thank you for your help, best regards,
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by:Justin Smith
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So you are saying there is an existing instance called SHAREPOINT running on the server?  If that instance truly has no SharePoint related databases in it, you are fine with using it.

I'll assume you used SQL Manager to connect and check.
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Excuse my very bad English, I would like to say almost empty, because I didn't make a lot of work on Sharepoint...
In fact there is all the previous Sharepoint DBs which are almost empty to be exact.

Do I have to delete the DBs in the Sharepoint instance or can I use it again with a new farm ?
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You can use it again, but it may become confusing in the future if you have two sets of SharePoint databases in the same instance.  If you aren't using the previous farm and don't need the content, I would delete them.  You could always back them up first.


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