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I just created a new WebApplication & Site Collection in sharepoint.

Note : WebApplication uses Claims Authentication mode, Custom Trusted Identity Provider for my application.

In powershell when i try to access $site.RootWeb.AllProperties it is returning null

$site.RootWeb.AllProperties.Add("a", "1")

You cannot call a method on a null-valued expression. At line:1 char:21

+ $site.RootWeb.AllProperties.Add <<<< ("a","1")

+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (Add:String) [], RuntimeException

+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : InvokeMethodOnNull

Does anyone knows why this occurs?

  • This happens only on web applications with claims based authentication and not on integrated authentication. – Balaji Gunasekaran Jan 7 '13 at 6:54
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This blog provides a good overview of how to work with the SPWeb property bag while also providing links to MSDN. http://bramnuyts.be/2012/01/10/working-with-spwebs-propertybag/

The root of your problem, it seems, is that you are doing SPWeb.AllProperties.Add() instead of SPWeb.AddProperty()

  • Am getting the same error. See the reflected AddProperty method below public void AddProperty(object key, object value) { this.AllProperties.Add(key, value); } PS C:\windows> $w.AddProperty("a","1") Exception calling "AddProperty" with "2" argument(s): "Access is denied. (Excep tion from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))" At line:1 char:15 + $w.AddProperty <<<< ("a","1") + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DotNetMethodException – Balaji Gunasekaran Jan 7 '13 at 6:30
  • Hey at least this approach exposed an access denied error which is much easier to troubleshoot :) – SpartanDonut Jan 7 '13 at 14:52
  • I got this access denied error before also while trying the same in a console application also. Yes really that helped a lot in analysing the issue. Thanks reaaaaally a lot for your help. – Balaji Gunasekaran Jan 8 '13 at 10:30
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Getting the site using Elevated Privileges fixed the problem

PS C:\windows> [Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSecurity]::RunWithElevatedPrivileges({$s = get-spsite "http://balajig-01"})
PS C:\windows> $s.RootWeb.AllProperties


Name                           Value
----                           ----- 
vti_associatemembergroup       5
vti_extenderversion            14.0.0.6120
vti_associatevisitorgroup      4
vti_associategroups            5;4;3
vti_createdassociategroups     3;4;5
vti_approvallevels             Approved Rejected Pending\ Review
vti_categories                 Travel Expense\ Report Business Competition G...
vti_associateownergroup        3
vti_defaultlanguage            en-us

Thanks anyways

  • This would make sense. I'm generally running powershell as site collection or farm admin and don't have a need for that. Good catch. – SpartanDonut Jan 7 '13 at 14:51

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