I have two site collections:

  1. http://company - this is main portal

  2. http://company:200 - this is personal sites.

On a personal sites collection, in its root web properties we stores Guid of main portal site collection: personalWeb.Properties[MainPortalGuid].

On a main site, also in web.Properties we had stored some specific info: mainWeb.Properties[SomeInfo]

Being in Personal sites collection, I need to access this specific info, and I always get "Access denied" exception when trying to read main site properties. I'm acting that way:

Guid portalGuid = new Guid();
SPServiceContext serviceContext = SPServiceContext.GetContext(SPContext.Current.Site);
UserProfileManager upm = new UserProfileManager(serviceContext);
string pesonalSitesUrl = upm.MySiteHostUrl;

    using (SPSite personalSite = new SPSite(pesonalSitesUrl))
        using (SPWeb personalWeb = personalSite.RootWeb)
            string guid = personalWeb.Properties[MainPortalGuid];
            portalGuid = new Guid(guid);

    using (SPSite secureSite = new SPSite(portalGuid))
        using (SPWeb secureWeb = secureSite.RootWeb))
            // And this line throws "access denied" exception:
            if (secureWeb.Properties.ContainsKey(CommonConsts.RssKeyCommon))
                someInfo = secureWeb.Properties[SomeInfo];

I'm creating new SPSite/SPWeb objects in RunWithElevatedPrivileges delegate. All Guids and consts are correct, all properties exists and not empty.

I've also tried SPSecurity.CatchAccessDeniedException with no luck.

  • Does that Personal Site belong to you or someone else?
    – Asad Refai
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 10:21
  • Personal Site and Main Portal are in the same farm, on the same virtual server. Or maybe you means something else by "belongs to me"? Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 10:27

1 Answer 1


We've found the answer - the problem is that these site collections were created under different Application Pool Users. Main portal runs under Pool_Portal_User, and Personal Sites runs under Pool_Personal_User.

Because of that we've got Access Denied when trying to access Main Portal from Personal Sites.

To resolve this, we need to grant access to Pool_Personal_User on Main Portal.

In SharePoint PowerShell console (run as Fram administrator account):

$app = Get-SPWebApplication http://company

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