#SharePoint site collection is in Read Only mode!

Every day, the Administrator do his normal stuff as usual, but sometimes when he tries to take a backup for a site collection, the progress of backing up data is too slow, then he canceled the process and tried another one, while he received a call from end user that his site is turned into Read Only!

The normal diagnostic is checking “Configure quotas and locks” from Central Administration, but after a quick look you will find it disabling all its options like below:

So what’s the solution?!

Fortunately, Microsoft provides us with a very easy solution by a few lines of PowerShell commands:

  • Open SharePoint Management Shell using Administrator account
  • In the PS prompt type accurately the following lines:
PS C:\Users\Admin> $SiteUrl = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPSiteAdministration(‘http:// sitecollectionurl’)
PS C:\Users\Admin> $SiteUrl.ClearMaintenanceMode()


After that the Read Only message and state will be ended, and you can take backup or do regular work.


About Hossam Kamal

Hossam Kamal Senior SharePoint Developer with high development skills in C#, ASP.NET, SharePoint Server Technologies, jQuery, CSS, XML, O.O.D, SSRS and MS.SQL Server.
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