SharePoint tip of the day – what to do when stsadm restore results in ‘Access Denied’ error (E_ACCESSDENIED)


Ensure that your account has enough permissions to do the operation or that you’re list as a site collection administrator for the site collection that you are restoring.
Your site collection might also be locked by a previously failed restore job : stsadm -o setsitelock -url “http://yoururl-lock none

(and don’t worry, even when the backup is on the same disk as the sql server, it’s awfully slow to restore… Don’t kill the process and get a long coffee break !)

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