I'm working on SharePoint 2013, configuring the Search Service. I created a Search Service Application through Powershell with some wrong setting and I tried to delete everything to start over again:

$sa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication

But! The services:

  • SharePoint Server Search
  • Search Query and Site Settings Service
  • Search Host Controller Service

are still running and the four databases associated with the app are still there. The commands Powershell to remove the dbs (e.g. Remove-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlDatabase) cannot run because the application is no longer there.

Can I remove the dbs from SQL Management Studio and Stop the services from SP? Or is there a proper way to do that?

Thank you!!

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The search services are farm services so should remain. To remove the associated databases you could have tried this
Remove-SPServiceApplication $spapp -RemoveData

  • Let's say that I should have done like that.. but when I wrote the post above I couldn't Get $spapp anymore because it was deleted. I removed everything manually in the end, hope it won't case much problems.
    – Mafalda89
    Nov 5, 2014 at 14:31

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