Access Denied error when activating the Publishing Infrastructure features on a site collection

When working with a client yesterday, rolling out a new site collection, we needed to activate the Office SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature on the site collection, as we needed the Summary Link Web Part, among others.

However, when activating this feature, we received an "Access Denied" error. Intriguing…

After a little research, I determined that the Publishing Resources were not activated at install time, thus giving us that error.

Never fear however, stsadm can ease your woes, just run the following command:

stsadm -o activatefeature -name PublishingResources -url http://site.collection.url

Then, go into the Site Collection Features, and activate the publishing resources, and you should be good to go!



About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for Insight, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 15 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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