I used following command for taking sharepoint 2010 site backup.

stsadm -o backup -url http://siteurl -filename d:/filename.bak

While backup process running, it doesn't allow any create, update operations in the site. Therefore, to update some values on urgent basis, I wanted to stop backup process. So I closed the command prompt by mistake, instead of using Ctrl+C or stop STSADM.exe process from task manager.

From that point SharePoint is not allowing any create, update, delete operations for that site. I guess the backup process is stuck in the background. But, it is not displaying STSADM.exe process in task manager, so I could not stop it.

I tried iisreset cmd and restarted the SharePoint services. Also restarted the SharePoint server, but no use.

I also checked the content database status. It is not on read only status. I checked Running jobs in central admin. But there is not any running job found.

How to kill the backup process (if it is still running in background) in such case?

What else may be the issue?

  • Check if the backup timer job is running in Central Admin.
    – Akhoy
    Sep 1, 2015 at 10:39
  • I already checked, but there is no any job is running.
    – prasanna
    Sep 1, 2015 at 10:59

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It sounds like Sitelock might be set.

You can un-set it with the following command:

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

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