I have backed up a site, from development box, and restored it to another, live, server. Everything seems to have been copied correctly. The site looks the same, and when I look in the permissions, I, and several others, seem to have the correct permissions.
However, I cannot do anything on the site. I can't post announcements, add files, change permissions. Neither can anyone else, even though, as I say, it looks like all the permissions are correct.
For reference this is the process I used for the backup and restore.
Lock the sharepoint site against changes:
stsadm.exe -o setsitelock -url <dev server> -lock readonly
Backup the sharepoint site:
stsadm.exe -o backup -url <dev server> -filename "c:\spbackup\sharepoint17_11_2011.dat" -overwrite
Unlock the Sharepoint site after backup:
stsadm.exe -o setsitelock -url <dev server> -lock none
Copy the files from c:\spbackup on dev server to live server and run the following:
Restore Sharepoint Backup
stsadm.exe -o restore -url <live server> -filename c:\spbackup\sharepoint02112011.dat -overwrite