Last modified at 3/15/2014 11:46 AM by Koen Zomers

You might encounter that you only have limited rights on a SharePoint 2010 sitecollection even though you're the sitecollection administrator or have full control rights configured on the webapplication. This especially may occur after restoring a sitecollection using the PowerShell command restore-spsite. You will notice that once logged on, your site actions menu only has limited options:

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When checking the Site Permissions, you will notice that you only have limited options and no option to expand your rights:

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Furthermore, when checking your rights via the Check Permissions ribbon option, you will notice a lot of denies assigned to your account:

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What happened is that the SiteCollection got in a locked state. In my case this happened because of backing up a SiteCollection via PowerShell and restoring it again to a new farm. Luckily it's easy to unlock the SiteCollection, of course if you know how to. Follow the steps below to unlock a SiteCollection:

  1. Open up Central Administration on your SharePoint 2010 farm
  2. Go to Application Management
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  3. Under Site Collections click on the link Configure quotas and locks
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  4. Select the SiteCollection which is experiencing the problem at Site Collection and check the current status at Site Lock Information.
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  5. Change it back to Not locked and click OK at the bottom. No application pool recycle or IISreset is necessary, you should now have full rights again on your SiteCollection.
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