The Installation of the Package is Failed: SharePoint Cumulative Package Installation

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This issue is encountered when you place the .Cab File and .exe file in different locations. Or if you have downloaded only the exe file. The is because the Cumulative Package is dependent on the ‘ubersrv_1.cab’ file and hence both the exe and the cab file need to be in the same location for the installation to complete successfully.

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Locating Both Files in the same location will execute and complete the installation successfully.

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SharePoint Granular Backup Failed and Site Went Inaccessible (Locked)

So you was thinking that site backup has no Interruption to the running (live) system ? Yes it is. I ran in to an issue where an Granular backup was executed through SharePoint Management shell while users were accessing the portal in SharePoint 2010 production farm.

Backup was terminated due to lack of space in destination drive and users are prompted with "Error: Access Denied Massage" which was in an extremely critical peak hour.

There were multiple set of backup jobs running parallel in SharePoint Shell and few of them were unable to complete due to lack of space. The person who was handling this closed all the SharePoint Shells and sites suddenly prompted this error to all users. Sites which are successfully backed up had no issues.

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Checked the Content DBs of particular Web Applications and they looks green as Database Read-only mode is "No".

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When Looking out for a possible reason, the "Lock" word came up to my mind and checked the "Quotas and Locks" in Central Administration (Application Management –> Site Collections –> Configure Quotas and Locks)

And Here we Go !. It was in the Read only Mode. Changing the status to the "Not Locked" Mode bought everything back to normal.

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It has put the site in to maintenance mode during the backup and since it was not properly completed, the status yet remains in Read-Only mode. So a good point to think before you execute any backups in SharePoint. Plan for a drive with enough space and off-peak hour.

This is the command line resolution for the same

stsadm -o setsitelock -url http://sitename -lock readonly

stsadm -o setsitelock -url http://sitename -lock none

Here are some good facts in terms of Backup and Restore Planning in SharePoint From Microsoft – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg266384.aspx

I’m Celebrating Incredible 5 Years with SharePoint in my Career !

It’s Been an incredible 5 years with an incredible Product in my Career. I started SharePoint in my technical career in 2010 July 1st with SharePoint 2007 Server and SharePoint Online. since then I started loving the product range with lots of it’s renovations and improvements and cloud moves. since then I have been working with SharePoint 2007, 2010, and 2013.

I am celebrating my journey today and marking 5 years and looking forward to try out it’s latest member SharePoint 2016 which will be soon released this quarter.

Wonderful experiences so far and counting the days ahead with this wonderful product family……… !!