Clear Maintenance Mode to Unlock a Site Collection in SharePoint

Problem: Another fine morning, SharePoint 2013 sites started displaying a message: “We apologize for any inconvenience, but we’ve made the site read only while we’re making some improvements.”. Same time, noticed a backup failure E-mail from the backup software!

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Root Cause:
Since the Backup failure occurred, SharePoint placed the site in read-only mode. However, all options under “Site Collection Quotas and Locks” were disabled in SharePoint 2013 Central Administration site!

Solution: Clear maintenance mode using PowerShell

This is because, SharePoint site collection is set under maintenance mode. To clear maintenance mode in SharePoint, use this PowerShell script:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Site Collection URL
$SiteURL = ""

#Clear Maintenance mode
$Admin = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPSiteAdministration($SiteURL)

This removes maintenance mode in SharePoint 2013. Read more about SharePoint 2013 Maintenance Window Notifications

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

2 thoughts on “Clear Maintenance Mode to Unlock a Site Collection in SharePoint

  • April 1, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    An oldie but a goodie…….

  • March 29, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Very use full blog , Thank you it working for me in Sharepoint 2019.


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