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SOLVED: How To Delete A SharePoint Online Site Using PowerShell

If you have ever deleted a SharePoint site from Office 365 or other SharePoint Online provider, you know that sometimes the sit around for a whileshareopoint-online-365-powershell-force-delete-site.  If you are trying to reuse the name of a site you recently deleted, this can be a problem.  Fortunately the solution is to force the deletion of the site using PowerShell:

  1. Download PowerShell for SharePoint Online from Microsoft, then install and run it as an Administrator
    .
  2. Set the execution policy:
    set-executionpolicy remotesigned
    .
  3. Connect to your site:
    connect-sposervice -url https://<your-site>-admin.sharepoint.com
    .
  4. You can then take a look are your sites using:
    get-sposite or get-spodeletedsite
    .
  5. Then you can forcibly remove the site using:
    Remove-spodeletedsite -identity https://<your-domain>.sharepoint.com/sites/<the-site-you-need-removed> -nowait

These commands came from Jaidev S. at Microsoft Office 365 support which you can contact at 800 865 9408 in Canada and the US.

Thanks Jaidev!

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