Easy Steps to Uninstall SCCM Secondary Site

In this post I will show you how to uninstall SCCM Secondary site. You can uninstall SCCM Secondary Site using configuration manager console.

There are two options that you see when you delete a secondary site.

  • Uninstall a Secondary Site
  • Delete a Secondary Site

There is a difference between uninstalling and deleting a secondary site. We will study each of these option during the uninstall step.

In my previous blog post, I have covered about the step-by-step guide on SCCM secondary site installation. Along with it comes the Secondary site troubleshooting.

If you have got clients in remote network locations and slow WAN link, secondary site is the solution. You can manage the secondary site using CAS and a primary site.

When you install a secondary site in SCCM, the distribution point role and management point role is also installed. Most of all secondary sites automatically install SQL Server Express during site installation. You could also install use local instance of SQL server instead of SQL express.

Why would you uninstall SCCM secondary site ?. The answer is you may not require the secondary site anymore. You may have setup secondary site in a remote office however if the office is being closed, you don’t need it.

Prerequisites to Uninstall SCCM Secondary site

Following are the prerequisites to uninstall SCCM Secondary site. The administrative user that runs Configuration Manager setup needs the following security rights:

  • Local Administrator rights on the secondary site server.
  • If the primary site database server is remote from the primary site server, local Administrator rights on the remote site database server for the primary site.
  • Infrastructure Administrator or Full Administrator security role on the parent primary site
  • Sysadmin rights on the secondary site database

How to Uninstall SCCM Secondary Site

Follow these steps in order to uninstall SCCM secondary site from your hierarchy.

  • First launch the SCCM console.
  • In the console navigate to Administration > Overview > Site Configuration > Sites.
  • Select the Secondary site, right click and click Delete.
  • With this you can uninstall SCCM Secondary site.
Uninstall SCCM Secondary Site
Uninstall SCCM Secondary Site

In the next step you see two options Uninstall and Delete.

Choose Uninstall the secondary site option if you want to remove a secondary site that is accessible on network. Choosing this option uninstalls SCCM from secondary site server and deletes all the site info and resources from SCCM hierarchy.

Choose Delete the secondary site option if you know that a site install has failed or if the site is visible in SCCM console even after uninstalling it. This option deletes the info about secondary site and it’s resources from SCCM hierarchy. However it leaves ConfigMgr installed on secondary site server.

Choose Uninstall the secondary site and click Next.

Uninstall SCCM Secondary Site
Uninstall SCCM Secondary Site

On Summary page click Next.

Remove Secondary Site Using Configuration Manager Console

Finally on the completion page click Close.

Remove Secondary Site Using Configuration Manager Console

SCCM Secondary Site Uninstall Log File

After you uninstall SCCM secondary site, you can monitor the uninstall progress using ConfigMgrSetup.log. This log file is located on the root drive of secondary server.

In the ConfigMgrSetup.log look for the line Uninstallation of secondary site completed successfully.

SCCM Secondary Site Uninstall Log File
SCCM Secondary Site Uninstall Log File

Video Tutorial on How to uninstall ConfigMgr Secondary Site

I have published a video tutorial on how to uninstall ConfigMgr Secondary site from your hierarchy. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel for more SCCM training videos.

FAQ on Uninstalling SCCM Secondary Site

Listing some of the frequently asked questions on secondary site uninstallation.

How to Uninstall SCCM Secondary Site?

In the console navigate to Administration,Site Configuration,Sites.Select the Secondary site, right click and click Delete.

Can I move or reassign secondary sites?

NO, you can’t move or reassign a secondary site to another primary site.

What are Secondary Site Delete options?

When you remove a secondary site from its direct parent site, you can either uninstall or delete it.

Do I need to restart my server after uninstalling Secondary site?

Yes, it is recommended that you restart your server once the secondary site role has been uninstalled.

What Log File is used to monitor SCCM Secondary Site Uninstall?

When you uninstall SCCM secondary site, you can monitor the uninstall progress using ConfigMgrSetup.log. This log file is located on the root drive of secondary server.

What is the difference between Uninstall Secondary Site and Delete Secondary Site?

Uninstall removes a functional secondary site that’s accessible from the network. Delete option must be used when your site failed to install or after you uninstall it, the Configuration Manager console still shows the secondary site.

Prajwal Desai

Hi, I am Prajwal Desai. For last few years, I have been working on multiple technologies such as SCCM / Configuration Manager, Intune, Windows 11, Azure, Security etc. I created this site so that I can share valuable information with everyone.

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