I believe we are not able to delete some pages/component after publishing all because we are turning publications on/off. Although I have unpublish from all current publications, it still says it is published to somewhere when trying to delete. If there a way where I can delete those pages/components (without going to DB using SQL)?

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    Nick provides the publication target approach. At least for SDL Tridion 2009 and 2011, Chris Summers and Frank van Puffelen describe how to do the same with code. Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 1:09

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Yes there is a way. Tridion 2013 has a feature to decommission publishing targets. However, since your question is regarding Tridion 2011 SP1, you can resort to a technique where you fake the publication target to which your page is published to. Tanner Brine explains this technique here: http://www.tridiondeveloper.com/tricking-tridion-into-unpublishing-content-from-dead-targets

  • The solution seems fine but it is also quite time consuming, especially if we have changed many publications (add/remove/change). I am hoping there is some thing simpler but I am less optimistic there is a simple solution now.
    – charles
    Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 0:06

Thanks Alvin for pointing out the solution using code. I think I like this solution better https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11327484/how-to-set-ispublishedto-status-on-a-tridion-component

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