My SharePoint 2007 site spontaneously got into read-only mode

Just a short post this time: if you experience symptoms like:

  • no one able to edit anything on a MOSS site
  • weird permission denied errors for admins
  • buttons in the GUI disappearing

then maybe your MOSS site got into read-only mode. Happened to us today, just like that. People swear they didn’t touch anything…

Fix this from central admin.






EDIT: Well, apparently I’m not the only one to experience this issue. This blog post describes the exact situation (which is obviously related to stsadm backups) and also offers a possible solution – adding the –NoSiteLock switch to your backup task.

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