Removing Your Test DQS Projects

This week I have a short but important piece of information to share with you as you begin to explore Data Quality Services with some test data and test projects.  If you have not only been following along with my examples over the last couple of weeks, but have gone off to create your own, you may have several projects and domains that you now want to get rid of as you move more into some real life examples with your own data.  At first you may be confused as to how to remove your existing projects.  Let’s take a look at how you can clean out these tests.

In the following figure, you can see that I have a few projects that I previously created that now appear in the Data Quality Project panel under the Recent Data Quality Project group of the main DQS client screen.


Let’s assume that I want to remove the project test2.  If I trying right clicking on the project name or the project icon to the left of the name, nothing happens.  If I left click on the project name or project, the project opens taking me directly to the export screen as shown in the following figure.


So that is no help at all.  Rather, you need to click on the group heading: Open Data Quality Project to display the following grid which shows all of your current projects.


Now right click on the project you want to remove and select Delete from the menu.


When you return to the main DQS client page, you will see that the project test2 is no longer in the list of recent projects.


In a similar fashion, you can get rid of an entire knowledge base that you have been testing by click the Open Knowledge Base group header in the Knowledge Base Management panel of the main DQS client screen.


But what if you only wanted to get rid of one of the domains in one of the knowledge bases? First open the Knowledge Base that contains the domain that you want to delete.  Then on the right side notice the list of domains associated with the currently selected Knowledge Base.  You do not need to select the domain here.  In fact, there is not benefit to selecting the domain here.  Rather, immediately select Domain Management from the Select Activity list as shown in the following figure.


On the next screen, first select the domain that you want to delete and then click the Delete the Selected Domain icon as shown in the next figure.


On last point of interest for this week, you might want to select a project to delete after clicking Open Data Quality Projects group as mentioned earlier, but after right clicking on the project name, the option to delete the project is not available.  This occurs if you have been working on a project and close the project without completing it.  The project is then left in a locked state.  The DQS client does this so that you can return to the project later to complete your work where you left off.  If you intend to delete the project anyway, there is no need to complete it now.  Rather, select Unlock from the dropdown menu that appears when you right click on the project.  After unlocking it, you can right click on the project a second time and delete it.

That’s it for this week.  C’ya next time.


One comment on “Removing Your Test DQS Projects

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