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Quick Tip: Moving the Central Administration web site

Posted by Christian Dam on August 27, 2008

Normally, the advise is to use the SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard to move the Central Administration web site. It works fine when both the new and old server are online. However, if the old server hosting Central Administration has crashed, moving the Central Administration web site to a new server using the Wizard often result in the incorrect references to the old Central Adminstration URL.

So, instead of using the wizard you can use the following commands:

On the old server (if it is available):

Psconfig -cmd adminvs -unprovision

On the new server:

Psconfig -cmd adminvs -provision -port <port> -windowsauthprovider onlyusentlm

Psconfig is located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\bin – also known as the 12-hive.


5 Responses to “Quick Tip: Moving the Central Administration web site”

  1. Will said

    Do you have any pointers on moving Central Administration from C:\Inetpub to an alternate directory?

    • Will,

      sorry, no. When I try to move the normal way (stopping IIS, move the Web Site folder, changing the location), Central Administration for some reason stops working. I have not looked into this in details – I just keep Central Administration in the default location for now.


  2. Nick DeAngelo said

    thanks for this post – it saved us – just starting NLB – took down our primary server, and “poof” no Central Admin – great post in helping us get it fixed!!!

  3. Chanaka said

    It worked for me.
    It saved a lot of time.
    Thanks gain.

  4. Aderito Pessoa said

    Thank you, very useful.

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