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Cannot Upload, Add, or Edit Anything in a SharePoint Site

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment


If this happens, there can be two causes –

  • The content database has been set offline
  • The site collection has been set to read only

We had the latter happen when our virtual machine host crashed. Everything came back up correctly, but no one could add new documents or list items, or update existing ones. In our case, it was only on the main site collection. Other site collections on the same content database were not effected. Not sure, but the crash might have happened during a backup in which a PowerShell script locks each site collection before performing a site collection backup.

Check Site collection quotas and locks in Central Administration. Make sure you navigate to the offending site collection.