13 November, 2013

Item level permissions in SharePoint: User should add/edit/read only their own items- SharePoint 2010.

A user requested that he need to have a permission configured on the item level where used can see only their own documents or can read all the items in the list.

As a SharePoint admin the though had some to my mind are:

? Simply deny as it’s only possible with Survey list in SharePoint 2007.

? Can have created a custom list but would be a tedious task.

? Can use the target audience feature but that would be with a complex configuration.  

However, as I was exploring the features of SharePoint 2010, I checked configuration on the List settings of SharePoint 2010 Platform and MS has done a great job to extend the feature from Survey list to all types of list in SharePoint 2010.

You can configure Item level permissions in one go.  You can go to List Settings -> Advance Settings and Item- Level Permissions.

You can also use PowerShell Script to manage the item level permissions:

Manage Read Access:

$SharePointSite = Get-SPWeb http://amar.com/
$list = $web.Lists[“Library Name”]
$list.ReadSecurity = 1

Note: 1 = “Read all items”, 2 = “Read items that were created by the user”

Manage Write Access:

$SharePointSite = Get-SPWeb http://amar.com/
$list = $web.Lists[“Library Name”]
$list.WriteSecurity = 1

Note:  1 = “Create and edit All items”, 2 = “Create items and edit items that were created by the user” 4 = “None”

If you have any queries/questions regarding the above mentioned information then please let me know.

I would be more than happy to help you as well as resolves your issues, thank you.

Applies to: SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010.

10 November, 2013

SharePoint: "The storage space allocation page cannot be used for sites that do not have a storage quota defined"

Issue: User was getting error message below while accessing the Storage Space Allocation page:

The storage space allocation page cannot be used for sites that do not have a storage quota defined.


While doing some regular clean-up of the sites which are over quota, I noticed that site is not having the Site Storage Allocation page in the Site collection administration page, which was quite strange though.
Accessing storage page directly via _layouts/storman.aspx page, shoes the above error message.

Checked the same behaviour on the other site as well and it was not the same.
Tried to activate and deactivate the Office Publishing feature. Storage Allocation link was still not appearing. 

Checking the site storage quota we have noticed a much wired thing is that the site was given quota or you can say it was set to be 0 MB with Warning level of 0 MB.
Not sure that was done, seeming like a human error obvious.
Set the correct quota for the site and Site Storage Allocation page was back.

Applies to Products:
 SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Server 2013

Error: The Compressed (zipped) Folder is invalid or corrupted in SharePoint 2007.

Issue: Whenever my client tried to open a .zip files from SharePoint it throws the below error message.

Background: One of my clients had zipped the .excel files in on his local desktop and uploaded to SharePoint site. There files contains the project level information and was needed to extract after two years. When he clicked the file to open from SharePoint had encountered the issue.

Now the task begins of a SharePoint admin.


Tried to open the file from SharePoint site, no go.

Downloaded the file on desktop of the client, no go.

Tried the same steps at my end, no success.

Strange this accessing file on SharePoint server also does give the same error.

With the above basic stuff, it was clear that it is something to deal with the zip file itself as it doesn’t seems to be SharePoint issue anymore.

Being a digger try to dig some more in it and seems like something to deal with the excel documents zipped may be was in protected mode.

Client was having no clue for this.

Resolution: Tried to find the Repair tool on the internet and million thanks to Christina Marley who created a zip file repair utility which when ran has repaired the file and is available for download here.

Asked the user to download the files and repair them with the utility.

If you feel any difficulty in understanding the tool or have any query I would be happier to help you.

Applied to: SharePoint 2007, WinZip, and WinRAR. Windows XP.