Modify anonymous access settings – Access Denied


Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk about a problem that I recently met.

After an audit, it was found that a site collection was reachable by anonymous users.

Some site collections are accessible to anonymous but this one should not, so my first think was to go set anonymous permissions at the site collection level.

However when I tried to confirm the change, I was surprised to see a message “access denied”. For precision, I use an account that is part of the “Site Collection Administrators”
A little confused, I tried using a PowerShell command and the same error happens.


After more research, I finally thought of something. This site collection is not actively used, it is used for old documents storage. Perhaps the former consultant had set it read-only!

To check this, I went in the central administration see the status of “lock”


And indeed it was Read-only !
So I changed the lock statut to « not locked », did my change on anonymous section (without access denied error!) and set it back again to  « Read-only ».

Hope this helps.


“Alert me” button missing


Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk about a problem that may occur with the “Alert Me” button present on lists and libraries.


This button is sometimes not visible


The most common reason found for this lack is that the outgoing email settings have not been set.

To check this, go to the “System Settings” section of the central administration. This is where we find the “Configure outgoing e-mail settings” link.


In this menu you will see the SMTP server configuration which is needed to send e-mail and thus the alerts.


Fill in the fields with the data of your choice. Clarification, there is no validation of the data you enter (except for the format of e-mail addresses).


Indeed, even if the data are incorrect, the fact that this configuration is done should cause the appearance of the button.

However, sometimes, despite this configuration, the button does not appear. This probably means that the alerts have been disabled.

Enabling alerts can be done with the following stsadm command

stsadm -o setproperty -pn alerts-enabled -pv true -url http://serverurl

or with the following PowerShell command

$MyWebApp=Get-SPWebApplication "http://serverurl"

$MyWebApp.AlertsEnabled = $true


Hope this helps


SharePoint 2013 Cumulative Update Part 3


Hello everyone,

Some time ago, I wrote about the release of the cumulative update for March and April for SharePoint 2013.

Note that a new update was released in June! Always available via the same address:

Again, this cumulative fixes an error that may occur during a SharePoint migration from 2010 to 2013.

Among the issues corrected:

« After you upgrade from SharePoint Server 2010 to SharePoint Server 2013, certain list items cannot be correctly rendered. Additionally, you receive the following error message: An unexpected error has occurred.

Think about it !


Most Valuable Professional – SharePoint Server

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Hello everyone,

It is now one year and a half that I write on this blog and I am active on the msdn forums. It is always a pleasure to see a response to a forum or article helps someone. I was already happy to see the number of visits to my blog, but today I had the honor to receive this e-mail

« Chère/Cher Christopher Clement,

Félicitations! Nous sommes heureux de vous remettre la récompense MVP Microsoft® 2013! Cette récompense est accordée aux leaders d’exception de la communauté technique qui partagent activement leur expertise pratique de grande qualité. Nous apprécions vos remarquables contributions dans les communautés techniques SharePoint Server lors de cette année passée.

La nomination des Microsoft MVP est pour nous une occasion unique de reconnaître vos contributions de valeur et de vous dire « Merci pour votre participation technique ».

I do not know what to say other than thank you! What an honor to receive this award!

I especially want to thank Sebastian Sougnez and David Petrocelli who gave me the necessary confidence to begin to contribute to the community! Thank to both of you!