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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