Category Archives: Central Admin

Doing more with SharePoint with PowerShell ISE

PowerShell ISE is a much more convenient way to write and execute SharePoint PowerShell scripts, but you have to perform a few extra steps after the default installation to get PowerShell ISE up and running.

Scot Hilier has written an excellent step by step guide in how to set up PowerShell ISE for SharePoint

Once you have done that check out this Powershell cheat sheet.

Now you will never need to login to ‘Central Admin’ again

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How to unquiesce farm in SharePoint 2010

 Sometimes if a back up fails or for some other reason you SharePoint sites can site can be left quiesced and/or the site collections and central admin site will be locked.

Some of the symptoms  of a quiesced or locked farm or site can be a failing content deployment, or users complaining that they can’t edit and have lost their permissions.

Unlike SharePoint 2007 you can no longer unquiesce a farm through central admin unless you add a custom solution such as the one from estruyf  .

You have to use PowerShell.  Here is the command.

stsadm -o unquiescefarm

Even after running the above command I have still found that some of sites (including central admin) are locked.

You can check you site collections and central admin site are not locked by running the following command

stsadm -o getsitelock -url http://<site&gt;

You can update/unlock using

stsadm –o setsitelock –url http://<site>  –lock none