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I have a publication which has multiple component and pages published.

I have a requirement to delete this publication. Is there any way I can delete this without un-publishing the component and pages?

We are using Tridion 2013 SP1.

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There are following two possible ways out there with 2013 SP1; you can analyze which suits you best:(Assuming you have remove any Blueprinting related dependency already)

  1. Select the publication; Right-Click -> Publishing -> UnPublish. This will un-publish everything that was published from this publication to whatever targets you configured to use it.
  2. you can decommission a publication target via the API (introduced in 2013 SP1). You can use TOM.NET API with the method PublishEngine.DecommissionPublicationTarget and the Core Service API with the method DecommissionPublicationTarget. This will let you delete a publication even in case there are any issues with the un-publishing.
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    Decomission was added as of 2013SP1, not 2013 Oct 17, 2014 at 9:58
  • Valuable information. updated the answer. Oct 17, 2014 at 10:55

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