On my project I've come to realize I have to rename some site collections. example: mytenant.sharepoint.com/sites/collectionName to mytenant.sharepoint.com/sites/OtherName

So in the admin center I renamed my url from collectionName to OtherName. however /sites/collectionName is still forwarding traffic to /OtherName.

What can I do to make the /sites/collectionName url available for a new site collection ?

  • You should wait for a few hours for the url to be available.
    – a1mery
    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:42
  • thanks, i'll give this a try. Mar 10, 2020 at 10:44

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The redirect is by design as noted in the docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/change-site-address - It will stay this way to make sure that all old links to the site still will work after the address have been changed.

However, you can manually free up these URLs by following the instructions here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/manage-site-redirects

Remove-SPOSite -Identity https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/OldSiteName
  • ok thanks, so a1mery is incorrect ? Mar 10, 2020 at 10:50
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    Yes. The urls will not be freed up automatically. Source: first paragraph of the second link in my answer... Mar 10, 2020 at 10:52
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    My bad, thanks Rune for correcting me :)
    – a1mery
    Mar 10, 2020 at 11:36
  • So you simply can't do it online? You have to have PowerShell? That's seriously messed up.
    – TiggerToo
    Aug 18, 2021 at 18:26

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