Can’t see Site Settings even if you are a Farm and Site Collection Administrator?

So today I needed to investigate certain settings of a site collection in our dev environment. I went to the web site but cannot see Site Settings in the Site Actions menu at all. I checked Central Admin and I am a Farm Administrator, as well as Site Collection Administrator for that site collection. When I used SharePoint Mananger (SPM) to update a property of a list I get an Unauthorised Exception. I knew this was not normal because I know I should be able to update this property through SPM.

It turns out the site collection was locked.

Use this command to check if the site is lock:

stsadm -o getsitelock -url http://server/siteCollection

If the site is lock, use this command to unlock it:

stsadm -o setsitelock -url http://server/siteCollection -lock none

Site Settings came back, and everything else was the way they should be after I unlocked the site collection.

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About Bernado

Based in Australia, I am a freelance SharePoint and Dynamics CRM developer. I love developing innovative solutions that address business and everyday problems. Feel free to contact me if you think I can help you with your SharePoint or CRM implementation.
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