Consider the following scenario. You create a site
collection in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that contains several
sites. You configure the permissions of a document library in one of the sites
to inherit permissions. This operation is successful and the document library
inherits its permissions as expected.
However, when you try to
connect to a site in the site collection, you receive the following error
HTTP 500 - Internal server error
sites in the site collection are inaccessible.
For example, you
experience these symptoms if the following conditions are true:
- You create a site that is named Site A. Site A inherits
permissions from the parent site. Then, you configure Site A to stop inheriting
- Under Site A, you create a subsite that is named Site B.
Site B inherits permissions from the parent site. Then, you configure Site B to
stop inheriting permissions.
- You configure Site A to inherit permissions from the
- You create a document library in Site B, and then you
configure the document library to inherit permissions from Site B.
In this scenario, the document library inherits permissions from
Site B. However, you receive the error message when you try to access a site in
the site collection.
This problem occurs if Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
incorrectly processes the inheritance of certain permissions. This condition
causes the content database to contain incorrect information.
How to obtain the hotfix
This issue is fixed in the Windows SharePoint Services
3.0 hotfix package that is dated May 15,
2007. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package: May
- This hotfix package includes a hotfix that applies to
scenarios in which the content database has not yet been created on the server.
This hotfix helps prevent the issue. It does not fix sites that are
- This hotfix package includes a hotfix that cleans up the
content database to fix sites that are inaccessible. To enable this hotfix,
make sure that you run the "SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration
Wizard" after you apply the hotfix.
This hotfix package resolves the problem. However, this
hotfix does not prevent the problem. If the problem recurs, follow these steps:
- For the content database where you have the site, run
the following command:
- If records are returned when you run the command in
step 1, run the following command for each ID that is returned:
Note In this command, <ID_from_step
1> is a placeholder for the ID that is returned in step
has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed
in the "Applies to" section.
Article ID: 935958 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
- Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
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