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Lock or unlock site collections (SharePoint Foundation 2010)

SharePoint 2010

Published: May 12, 2010

You can apply locks to a site collection to prevent users from updating content or you can temporarily prevent users from accessing the site collection.

The following table describes the locking options that are available in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010.

Option Description

Not locked

Unlocks the site collection and makes it available to users.

Adding content prevented

Prevents users from adding new content to the site collection. Updates and deletions are still allowed.

Read-only (prevents additions, updates, and deletions)

Prevents users from adding, updating, or deleting content.

No access

Prevents users from accessing the site collection and its content. Users who attempt to access the site receive an error.

note Note:

If you want to limit the amount of content that can be stored in a site collection, you can apply a quota template to the site collection. When the content storage limit that is specified in the quota template is reached, the site collection is locked automatically until the storage limit quota has been increased or some content has been removed. For more information, see Create, edit, and delete quota templates (SharePoint Foundation 2010).

Follow these steps to lock or unlock a site collection.

To lock or unlock a site collection by using Central Administration

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials.

    • You must be a member of the Site Collection Administrators group for the site collection.

  2. In Central Administration, click Application Management.

  3. On the Application Management page, in the Site Collections section, click Configure quotas and locks.

  4. If the site collection you want isn't already selected, in the Site Collection section, on the Site Collection menu, click Change Site Collection. Use the Select Site Collection page to select a site collection.

  5. On the Site Collection Quotas and Locks page, in the Site Lock Information section, select one of the following options:

    • Not locked to unlock the site collection and make it available to users.

    • Adding content prevented to prevent users from adding new content to the site collection. Updates and deletions are still allowed.

    • Read-only (blocks additions, updates, and deletions) to prevent users from adding, updating, or deleting content.

    • No access to prevent users from accessing the site collection and its content. Users who attempt to access the site receive an error.

  6. If you select Adding content prevented, Read-only (blocks additions, updates, and deletions), or No access, type a reason for the lock in the Additional lock information box.

  7. Click OK.

To lock or unlock a site collection by using Windows PowerShell

  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements: See Add-SPShellAdmin.

  2. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

  3. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.

  4. Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  5. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:

    Set-SPSite -Identity "<SiteCollection>" -LockState "<State>"
    

    Where:

    • <SiteCollection> is the URL of the site collection that you want to lock or unlock.

    • <State> is one of the following values:

      • Unlock to unlock the site collection and make it available to users.

      • NoAdditions to prevent users from adding new content to the site collection. Updates and deletions are still allowed.

      • ReadOnly to prevent users from adding, updating, or deleting content.

      • NoAccess to prevent users from accessing the site collection and its content. Users who attempt to access the site receive an error.

note Note:

For more information about how to use the Set-SPSite cmdlet, see Set-SPSite.

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