Access Denied error when entering survey

After creating a custom survey or list, users get “Access Denied” error when trying to complete. The error is received when clicking on “Next” if branching is enabled, or when clicking on “Finish” if branching is not enabled. The user has minimum of “contribute” access on the list, but still receives “Access Denied” error.


This error is received when the user does not have permission to create or edit responses. To resolve, click on Settings > Survey Settings > Advanced Settings, then under Create and Edit Access select Create responses and edit responses that were created by the user. The user should now be able to complete the survey without receiving the Access Denied error.


SharePoint 2010 HTTP 1.1 200 error

HTTP/1.1 200 OK Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.0 Date: CurrentDateAndTime GMT Connection: close

I received this error when I tried to browse to a newly created SharePoint 2010 site. Other newly created sites were responding as expected – only one was throwing this error. Searching the error returned several hits that were related to detaching and reattaching a database and a few other more complicated situations, but none that I could find were about the error on a newly created site.

After taking a looking in Central Admin, I realized that I had not created a top level site for this particular web app. That was the problem. After creating the top level web app, the site responded as expected.

I realize this was a simple issue to resolve, but the lack of any hits regarding the error with a new site prompted me to do a blog entry to possibly save someone else some time. So, if your site is a newly created one and you get this error, make sure your top level site exists. If it does and you’re getting the error, you can continue on with the other recommendations for the more complicated issues.

Error enabling 2010 visual upgrade

You attempt to do a visual upgrade to a MOSS 2007 site that was upgraded to SharePoint 2010 and you get the error:

“Visual Upgrade failed. The default master page for this user interface could not be found at “/teams/xxxxx/_catalogs/masterpage/v4.master”. Add the requested master page at this path and try again.”

Troubleshoot issues with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.

Correlation ID: a4ead41e-8c93-4d9d-ae0e-580902b71714

The problem is that SharePoint is looking for a masterpage that isn’t in the master page library. This missing masterpage is usually the v4.master page.

To add the v4.master page to the library:

1. Go to the upgraded 2010 site, and create a subsite

2. Download a copy of the v4.master page. (Site Settings > Galleries > Master Pages)

3. Go to the top level site (or any site where the error is) and upload the copy of the v4.master into the master page gallery. (Site Settings > Galleries > Master Pages)

4. Try the visual upgrade again.

Once the v4.master page is added to the master page library, the visual upgrade to the SharePoint 2010 look and feel should work.

SharePoint Designer 2010 error – List and Libraries “No items to display”

You have a SharePoint 2010 site that was migrated by the database upgrade method from MOSS 2007. The site has several lists and libraries. You open the site in SharePoint Designer 2010, click on List and Libraries in the left navigation, and instead of seeing all of your list and libraries, you get a message saying “No items to display”. When opening the Lists and Libraries of sites created in SharePoint 2010 you do not receive this message.


Most answers that I found online to this problem indicated a hotfix was needed for the server. This may be true if you are getting the “No items to display” message on all of your sites, regardless of whether they were upgraded or created in SharePoint 2010. My servers already had the hotfix and I was only getting the message on one upgraded site. Other site’s Lists and Libraries opened fine in SharePoint Designer 2010.


I consulted my friend Woody Windischman (co-author of Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010) and he suggested checking the Site Collection Administrators on the upgraded site collection since it was upgraded from MOSS 2007. I checked and the Site Collection Admins were different than the empty top level site and other sites that I was not having problems with. I changed the Site Collection Admin to the SP2010 accounts and still got the error when trying to access Lists and Libraries in SPD2010.


Woody also suggested that the original root collection of the site might by blocked by the default one in the new web application, so I tried deleting and recreating the top level root site – everything started working!


Thanks for all your help Woody! Woody has a lot of great info on his SharePoint blog, The Sanity Point. You can also follow him on Twitter, @woodywindy, and on FaceBook, for lots of helpful SharePoint info.




What an exciting week! Seeing all the new features of SharePoint 2010 was good, but getting to meet so many new friends was the best part of the trip. I made a point to try and meet as many of my Twitter and Facebook friends as possible. It’s so nice to meet in person after becoming online friends. All of them are so willing to share their knowledge.

One of the highlights of the week was being invited to Jeff Jones (@spjeff) and his lovely bride Emily’s wedding. It was held at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel and officiated by Elvis. Jeff and Emily are an adorable couple and I was thrilled to be part of their special day.

And talk about SharePoint 2010 information overload!!…I attended as many sessions as I could. They were so many great offerings but no way to go to them all. Thankfully Microsoft will be making all of the sessions available on line for conference attendees.

Many people sent Twitter updates during the sessions. This gave others a glimpse of what was going on in the sessions they couldn’t make. There were almost 20,000 tweets sent during the conference that tagged #SPC09. I’m sure post conference tweeting  will put the number over 20k. That is amazing! There were also live blog streams and video streams.

Right now I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my plane. I’ve had a great time, but ready to get home. Viva Las Vegas!