I have custom wss 3.0 webpart installed in my wss site. This webpart is deployed to many servers. Performance is very positive and stable all across other servers. Recently i have encountered a weird problem in one server. After couple of days of operation Web part just disappears from webpart zone. I have tried deactivating and reactivating back, redeployed the webpart but it hasnt helped. Has anyone encountered with this situation ever. Seeking for your suggestions. Thank You

  • I'm leaning towards a user is doing it, but it's hard to prove in WSS. When viewing the web part maintenance page, can you open some of the closed web parts? You may have to use SharePoint designer to reopen them. Feb 13, 2012 at 19:21
  • I ask to help determine if the web part is somehow corrupted or not. Feb 13, 2012 at 19:29
  • David how would we find out if the webpart is corrupted or not. Feb 14, 2012 at 15:23
  • using SharePoint Designer, you can edit the page and then go to the properties of a web part to open it back up on the page. Feb 14, 2012 at 16:19

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Disallow closing the web part by clearing the "Allow close" checkbox in web part properties. Details here.

  • I applied those changes, lets see what happens. I will keep you posted. Thank You Feb 13, 2012 at 21:40
  • I'm curios to see if this will work. if an admin is doing it, won't their permissions override this checkbox? Feb 14, 2012 at 16:20

Are you sure a user has not just deleted the webpart from the page, or has closed it?

  • Thank You for your responce Colin. I asked my site administrators they are sure that nobody took it off or has closed it. When i go to advanced webpart gallery i see those webparts in closed web part section. I dont know how to deal with this. Feb 13, 2012 at 17:35
  • So it appears that someone has closed the web part, as it appears in the closed web parts section. See my answer below/above.
    – Jussi Palo
    Feb 13, 2012 at 20:36
  • Seeing as a page in a library is nothing more than a listitem, any user with edit rights on that item will be allowed to close the webpart (edit the page). SO you need to either make the page / webpart personalizable, or disallow closing like Jussi suggested)
    – Colin
    Feb 13, 2012 at 23:32
  • I made change on Monday, Today is Friday. Webpart is still intact. I took all other Site Collection Administrators off except one guy. Feb 17, 2012 at 20:28
  • Good to hear. The problem with webparts is, anyone with edit rights on the library (or the item) can close or delete them. And when the page / webparts does not allow personalization, the change affects everybody. Planning who should be able to do what is an essential part of your governance strategy. P.S.If my answer led you to the solution, please accept is as the answer.
    – Colin
    Feb 17, 2012 at 21:37

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