Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"You may re-try the operation, and you may need to clean up the half-created data first" error message in SharePoint

I was recently setting up a SharePoint 2013 site and the site content managers wanted to move around some documents using the "Manage Content and Structure" capability within SharePoint.

Of course, after some time of moving files around, they received the following error message:

"The current operation could not be completed.  Try again, or contact your system administrator.  
Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
You may re-try the operation, and you may need to clean up the half-created data first before re-trying.  If the problem persists, please contact your system administrator."

Of course, after a brief search, I came across this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2015265

Even though this article address SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint Server 2010, it appears that it still occurs/persists in SharePoint 2013!!

For some users, Site Collection Administration privileges needed to be assigned, however, some users had their issue resolved simply be re-booting their machine and actually re-trying the copy operation!


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