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Uninstall Project Server 2013 from farm RRS feed

  • Question

  • Since project server 2013 binaries cannot be 'uninstalled' from SharePoint farm, is creating new farm with SharePoint server only option? Main goal here is to free up Project Server license so if there is any other way around it, please share.


    MK Sin

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:02 PM

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  • Hello Mk SIn

    The project server binaries can be uninstall in SharePoint 2013.  However, even if the project server is uninstalled or not does not effect the license.  If you have a project server 2013 license, it can only be applied to project server 2013 and below.   If you have project server 2016 license, it applies to 2016 and below. 

    In other words, you cannot use project server 2013 license for a project server 2016 or above.

    If having issues with project server license, you should contact person who sold you license. 


    Michael Wharton, Project MVP, MBA, PMP and a Great Guy <br/> Website http://www.WhartonComputer.com <br/> Blog http://MyProjectExpert.com contains my field notes and SQL queries

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:24 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Michael,

    Thank you for response. We do not intend to use project server at all and currently it is not used and hence plan to remove it from from. All environments including production will continue to be in 2013 but with SharePoint Server only. You mentioned project server binaries can be removed, can you please share or elaborate on how to achieve it? 

    Thanks,

    MK


    MK Sin

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:14 PM
  • Hello,

    Unfortunately you cannot uninstall Project Server from the farm - see the Important note here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/project/install-and-configure-project-server-2013

    Paul


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    Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:09 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Paul,

    Thank you for sharing post. As project server cannot be uninstalled from existing farm, is there an alternative approach of making Project server free environment?

    Only thing I can think of here is to create new SharePoint farm with same setup but Project Server and then move content & customizations using content database attach/detach method or 3rd party tools. Is this right way to go about here?

    Thanks,

    MK



    MK Sin

    Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:05 PM
  • Thanks Paul,

    I see in the documentation that Project Server 2013 service cannot be removed. 

    Hello MK Sin

    Sorry for the bad information. In the past I have removed Project Server from the control panel, then removed SharePoint Server, then reinstalled SharePoint, delete SharePoint configuration database, and rebuild SharePoint 2013 using the SharePoint databases.  Its been many years ago when I was exploring may configurations and  don't recall issues that may occurred. 

    The note, shows how to After you install Project Server 2013, it cannot be uninstalled from the farm. If you want to remove Project Server 2013 functionality, you can turn off the Project Application Service and delete the Project Server 2013 Service Application.

    Once applications is removed, its not using any other resources..  Is there a particular reason you want it removed?  The project schedules are in a separate database.


    Michael Wharton, Project MVP, MBA, PMP and a Great Guy <br/> Website http://www.WhartonComputer.com <br/> Blog http://MyProjectExpert.com contains my field notes and SQL queries

    Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:11 PM
    Moderator
  • Michael,

    Given that MS clearly states that Project Server cannot be uninstalled, only option I have been contemplating was to migrate to new farm. But given that content database is associated with previous farm with project server, I just wanted to confirm if this approach is doable or if someone has done this before. Main reason to get rid of this is to save licensing fee. TBH I do not know how project server licensing works but was told if I uninstall it, will save licensing fee associated with it.

    Thanks,

    MK


    MK Sin

    Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:37 PM