I performed a move-spsite on a site collection.
Now when I try to link the site (/sites/mySiteCollection) I get 403 Forbidden. (I am site collection administrator).

The move operation ended with no errors.

I tried to iisreset but no luck.
Any suggestions?

  • more information required: did move-spsite completed successfully? when you get 403, accessing the site or doing some thing else?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 14:46
  • edited my question
    – Nk SP
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 14:48
  • what you mean by link the site?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 14:49
  • try to open it from the browser
    – Nk SP
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 14:50
  • can you check the site information from central admin..under view all site collection? how many servers in farm and did you IISreset on all servers? also try to run Gradual Site Delete timer job manually for the web application.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 14:56

2 Answers 2


A no-access lock is applied to the site collection to prevent users from altering data within the site collection while the move is taking place.

Reference : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607915.aspx

  • "Once the move is complete, the site collection is returned to its original lock state" not true in this case ;)
    – Nk SP
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 15:01
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    Yes, I faced that problem so many times, and until now, I don't know why sometimes the site doesn't return to its normal state :(
    – KhalilG
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 15:04

The site collection was locked.
I solved using this:

Set-SPSite http://sp/sites/mySite -LockState "Unlock"

Do not know why the move lock it.

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