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Access Denied error in SharePoint Designer

  Asked By: Gino    Date: Mar 20    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 6969

I am hoping someone out there can enlighten me as to what I am not
seeing. I have a SharePoint site collection that I would like to have
one of my developers modify using SharePoint designer. Every time he
tries to access the site from his pc, he gets an Access Denied error. I
have given him designer permissions. If he tries to access it from the
server, he gets a message that the file is checked out by me, even
though I do not have it checked out.

First, I am confused by the two different results and second I am not
sure how to get past it. Any suggestions would be very much



10 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Timothy Davis     Answered On: Mar 20

You say you want the dev to access  a site  collection but it is checked

Answer #2    Answered By: Adya Deshmane     Answered On: Mar 20

The site  collection is not really checked  out. All of my other
developers can access  it just fine. It is just one developer.

Answer #3    Answered By: Siobhan Waller     Answered On: Mar 20

I just haven't heard of a 'checked out' site  collection.

I would think that the dev is using a malformed URL. I have run into problems
when I have tried to access  a site w/SPD and used a URL with a page.aspx in the
URL, for example.

Also, if the site collection  has a web part that inherits permissions  from
elsewhere then make sure the dev has access there. Maybe there is some sort of
document handling on the collection home page? Try loading another page in the
collection and see if they have access there.

Other than that I might suggest they reload their cache by CTRL-F5 on the page
or putting a ? at the end of the URL and pressing enter. Last resort would be to
reload their machine profile and/or reload the box.

Answer #4    Answered By: Lorenzo Steele     Answered On: Mar 20

The default.master page and the welcomesplash.aspx
pages are coming up as checked  out, even though they are not.

Answer #5    Answered By: Divakar Naik     Answered On: Mar 20

Have you looked at how contributor settings are set on the site  and what
permission levels the developer has on the site? I know you gave him
designer permissions, but if contributor settings have been enabled in SPD
then it is basing the user's rights off permission levels, not individual
permissions and by default not all the permission levels are setup in
contributor settings. If I remember right the default designers permission
level isn't. So your Dev may be defaulting to the default contributor
settings for the site, no matter what their permissions  are.

Answer #6    Answered By: Marcus Davis     Answered On: Mar 20

That's interesting, but how do you fix it?

Answer #7    Answered By: Perla Vang     Answered On: Mar 20

Have the site  collection admin go in and setup appropriate contributor
settings for the designer  permission level (if that is the one missing) or
assign the user to a group with a permission level that is setup.

Answer #8    Answered By: Sandra Alexander     Answered On: Mar 20

By default the Design permission level is attached to the Web Designer
contributor group which has Full Control of Designer.

Answer #9    Answered By: Nalin Rao     Answered On: Mar 20

Two things to check:

1) Go back to the library in SPD and hit CTRL-F5 to hard-refresh the list.
Sometimes this will clear the cache, sometimes not. If it doesn't, you can
go directly to the library in the web browser and explicitly check out the
files; you can then edit them in SPD.

2) If Contributor Settings are the problem, go into SPD once you open the
site. Open the site  menu (top menu bar) and go to Contributor Settings.
Once the dialog opens, click the "Disable Contributor Settings" button (some
versions of SPD may have it inside the Advanced section).

Answer #10    Answered By: Thomas Davis     Answered On: Mar 20

It turned out to be a corrupt profile. I deleted
his profile and let him create a new one and it is working fine now.

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