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Was working with two RDP windows and meant to install SharePointServices 3.0 on a new dev box but accidentally installed it on the live farm web server running MOSS2007.

All sharepoint sites now simply read Server error:

Central Administration still shows all the old shared services but they errors with the same as above when you click on them.

What happens if I run SharePointServices again and go to repair -> remove? How do I fix this?

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You have probably detached your Sharepoint server from the config database, and effectively from your farm.

So what I would do is this:

  • Backup all your Sharepoint databases (you already have a backup of this right?)
  • Uninstall Office Sharepoint Server
  • Uninstall Sharepoint Services
  • Reinstall Office Sharepoint Server
  • Reinstall any Service Packs and hotfixes you already applied
  • Run the Sharepoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard and point it at your config database.

That should get you back up and running.

Probably a good idea to change the background colour of your production servers so you have a very obvious visual cue where you are running a particular command!

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Pretty much what I did, thanks – Chris Aug 11 '11 at 13:05
"change the background colour of your production servers" - hells yes. – mfinni Aug 11 '11 at 14:29

If it's worth more than $250, call Microsoft Support.

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Since it was a live box, you should have a backup. Restore it.

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