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Microsoft KB Archive/925727

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Error message when you try to delete a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web application: "This operation uses the SharePoint Administration service (spadmin), which could not be contacted"

Article ID: 925727

Article Last Modified on 5/14/2007



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0



SYMPTOMS

You log on to SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration, and then you try to delete a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web application. However, the Web application is not deleted. Instead, you receive the following error message:

This operation uses the SharePoint Administration service (spadmin), which could not be contacted. If the service is stopped or disabled, start it and try the operation again.

Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

You receive this error message even though the Windows SharePoint Services Administration service is running.

CAUSE

This problem occurs if you are not a local administrator on the computer on which the Windows SharePoint Services Administration service is running. To delete a Web application, you must be a local administrator on the computer on which the Windows SharePoint Services Administration service is running. If you are not a local administrator, you receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section. However, the error message does not indicate that the problem is associated with insufficient credentials.

RESOLUTION

Log on to SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration as a local administrator, and then delete the Web application.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about how to manage Web applications in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, see SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration Help.


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