Thursday, January 05, 2012

Wiping out the WSS Internal Database

Recently I was making some changes to a server (in my VM lab) that created an interesting problem.  FIM had been running under the security context of a local computer account, and I wanted to switch it now to a domain account.

The process of uninstalling FIM (Service and Portal) then SharePoint seemed to go fine.  Then re-installing WSS would not work.  The installation log complained of a database connection, so it did not like having the database lying around from the previous installation.

The simple fix was to follow the guidance in the article below to delete the Internal Database:

Windows Internal Database is not listed in the Add or Remove Programs tool and is not removed when you remove Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 from the computer

After following the instruction (one step!) in the KB article, I was able to install WSS, then get on with re-installing FIM.

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