Locked SharePoint site



Suppose that you go to your SharePoint site and you no longer see the link to Upload documents to a document library. What the hell? You think. Next you open the ribbon bar, as shown above, and you see that a lot of the buttons are greyed out. All this prevents users from entering information into your site. How can you fix this?


Chances are the site has become ‘locked’. To unlock it, open SharePoint Central Administration and select Application Management from the menu on the left hand side.




Next select Configure quotas and locks from the Site Collection section.




As you will probably see in the Site Lock Information section, the site is set to Read-Only. Change this to Not locked and you site should once again be free for editing and uploading.




Why does it happen? It typically happens after a SharePoint backup failure. Processes like stsadm –o backup lock the site prior to a backup. If that backup fails to complete for some reason the site remains locked and thus read only for users.

Monthly Amazon gift cards on offer

I’m now offering two free $15 Amazon gift cards per month to people. The first thing you need to do is either be a SharePoint Operations Guide subscriber, which you can do at www.wssops.com or you need to be a subscriber to the CIAOPS email newsletter, which you can do at:




Once you are on at least one of these lists, then all you need to do is send me information on either technology (i.e. cloud computing, social networking, smart phones, etc), productivity tips or SharePoint. Information could be cool sites, tips and tricks, technical articles, ‘how to’ documents, links, etc. Once a month I’ll select the two best (one for SharePoint and one for everything else) and those people will receive a free $15 Amazon gift card.


That means you have the chance of earning a $15 Amazon gift card every month simply by signing up to a CIAOPS newsletter and sending me some ‘stuff’ (via email director@ciaops.com) . Couldn’t be easier right? I’ll be picking the winners at the end of every month so hop to it if you want to be in running by 1 June 2011.

CIAOPS Bootcamp USA bound

With some help from Tim Carney I am bringing my SharePoint bootcamp to the San Francisco Bay area on Tuesday the 14th of June. For AUD$399 you’ll receive a full days hands on SharePoint training and a 12 month subscription to my SharePoint Operations Guide. You can find all the details and how to register at:


I also have a discount code available for those that want to email me directly (director@ciaops.com) to obtain it.

If you can’t attend, don’t fret I hope that this will be the start of many SharePoint bootcamps run across the US. Keep your eye peel for more information on these soon.

It’s back!

Yes, that’s right, the CIAOPS Podcast has finally returned after a hiatus. I’d like to say that its simply because I’ve not had anyone offering to come on the show but luckily Jason Thomas from Ragg Weir has put up his hand and now Episode 19 is available for download.

In this episode Jason and I look at the pros and cons of the Microsoft Server offerings in the SMB space. Is Small Business Server still good value? Is SBS Essentials viable with the move the cloud? Where does Home Server fit in all this. Follow along as Jason provides us with some great insight into what he is seeing out there in the market.

You can access the podcast directly from:


as well as view all previous episodes at:


where you can not only subscribe via mediums such as iTunes but also leave comments and ratings on each episode.

If you are interested in, or know a business that is, sponsoring the show please contact me directly (director@ciaops.com). Also if you would like to appear as a guest or would like to hear from someone specifically again contact me (director@ciaops.com). Finally, if you think the show has provided you with value I’d appreciate any donation you’d care to make. All donations go to helping me improve what is offered (http://www.ciaops.com/donation).