Wednesday 2 February 2011

"Access denied" to Site Collection administrator

This post is to remind me of something which is a "school boy error" in my world of SharePoint. I had been handed a farm which was in a mess and I was attempting to get it up and running. One of the problems I had was I kept getting "Access denied".
  • I got access denied when I accessed that root of the site. http://site/
  • I got access denied when I accessed the settings page http://site/_layouts/settings.aspx
  • I got access denied when I tried to modify any file in SharePoint designer. 
I was defiantly a site collection administrator.
Then the sun started to shine. It turns out that the site collection had been locked when I checked in "Site collection Quotas and Locks". Now why didn't I think of this sooner. I should have known better.


  1. Hello Phil
    Though the logic is simple, this helped us a lot. Thanks for your blog.

  2. I am getting access denied for every page EXCEPT /layouts/settings.aspx, and the Site Collection Features page. Any suggestions?

  3. Hi there, do you actually mean every page? Do any of the links in the site aettings work? I often find its the case that pages in _layouts work but other pages dont. This can be down to something in your master page being wrong....or perhaps and http module. Anyway what you really need to do is get your diagnostic logging going and start digging. It is likely you will find an access denied message in there relating to some asset. Obviously i cant really tell from here but that is what I would try first. Let me know how it goes. I will try to help of you can get more info :)