SharePoint: Solution still deployed after retracting it

Solution still deployed after retracting

You maybe have stumbled upon this scenario: Solution still deployed after retracting it.

After you have retracted your SharePoint solution in Central Administration, the solution flips back to deployed?

The issue seems to be that when you have deployed your solution with –allcontenturls, which means it will be deployed to the Central Administration web application as well, you must specifically retract the solution from the Central Administration web application.

So here are the steps to work around this issue:

  1. Retract the solution from all content URLs
  2. Retract the solution from the Central Administration web application specifically

Getting Access denied for User Profiles and Properties

If you get access denied when trying to access the User Profiles and Properties page in SharePoint Central Administration,

you need to add the account you are using to the Manage Profiles in Shared Service Rights.

In Central Administration, go to your Shared Services page. Under User Profiles and My Sites, click on Personalization services permissions. Add the account your are using and select  Manage user profiles.

How to remove the My Site and My Links in SharePoint

If you want to remove the two links at the top of the page, My Site and My Links, follow these steps:

Start the Central Administration web application.

Click the "Shared Services Administration" link.

Locate the SSP that is managing the My Sites web site and click on it.

Go to User profiles and My Sites ->  Personalization services permissions.

Select the Authenticated Users group and click on Modify Permissions of Selected Users.

To disable My Site, un-check the Create personal site checkbox.

To disable My Links, un-check the Use personal features checkbox.


How to determine which databases SharePoint uses

In order to tell which databases your SharePoint 2007 / WSS 3.0  installation uses, you will have to look at multiple locations.

Content databases

Open Central Administration and go to Application Management  and then Content databases
Review for all Site Collection URLs

Shared Services Databases

Open Central Administration,  Application Management, Manage this Farm’s Shared Services
There you will find
SSP Database
Search Database

Configuration database

Look in the registry at:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Secure\ConfigDB