Possible to remove primary site from CAS and make it a standalone primary site? And how to do this if possible?

Marcus Wong Theen Nam 1,111 Reputation points
2024-04-30T07:54:10.88+00:00

Currently I have 1 CAS with multiple primary sites connected to it. Can I remove one of the connected primary site from CAS and make it a standalone primary site?

Also would like to know how can I achieve this?

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  1. Sherry Kissinger 3,966 Reputation points
    2024-05-02T15:57:23.56+00:00

    Based on your stated requirement of "standalone management for the team", I suspect what you will need to do to fulfill that request is to

    1- Make an ENTIRELY NEW Primary Site, new site code, new server(s). Carefully define the boundaries.

    2- Reinstall all the clients which should report to that new primary site with the addition of the RESETKEYINFORMATION=TRUE parameter so those clients begin reporting to the new site.

    Note... I suspect you are going to have a lot more issues than you might expect, due to boundaries and possible automatic site code assignments. It's not fun to do this.

    Alternative: what is the actual business driver requiring that a particular team have their own 'primary site'? Are you and they certain that the business requirements cannot be fulfilled instead by properly setting up Role Based Access, and properly defining the collection(s) that team can see, and other objects that team can see from the CAS level? To me, that is one of the main methods of carving out rights so that Team A can only see the things Team A is responsible for, and Team B cannot see Team A's stuff.


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  1. Simon Ren-MSFT 30,906 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2024-05-01T06:55:49.1833333+00:00

    Hi @Marcus Wong Theen Nam ,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Q&A forum.

    ==>Currently I have 1 CAS with multiple primary sites connected to it. Can I remove one of the connected primary site from CAS and make it a standalone primary site?

    Per my experience, we can't convert a child primary site for CAS to it a standalone primary site, we can only uninstall the child primary site. If the hierarchy consists of the central administration site (CAS) and a single child primary site, you can remove the CAS. This action simplifies your Configuration Manager infrastructure to a single, standalone primary site.

    Refer to: Uninstall roles, sites, and hierarchies in Configuration Manager

    Thanks for your time. Have a nice day!

    Best regards,

    Simon


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