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Error message when you add a user who was previously a site owner to a WSS 3.0 site collection: "The file exists"
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The SharePoint site administrator provisions a new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site and is listed as the site owner. When you try to delete the account from Active Directory and then re-create an account that has the same account name, you cannot add an account back to the site collection. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
The file exists. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070050)
This problem occurs because the original account is still referenced as an active site owner in the UserInfo table of the content database.
To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
You must manually delete the user account from the site collection or site owner group. Otherwise, the account is still listed in the UserInfo table of the affected content database, and the code does not remove the old account.
For more information about the UserInfo table, visit the following Microsoft Web site: