Getting "This document could not be checked out to your local drafts folder. The document may have already been checked out, or the local drafts folder could not be written to." when trying to checkout a document


 

Problem

In this case customer was getting the following error when he was trying to checkout a document

"This document could not be checked out to your local drafts folder. The document may have already been checked out, or the local drafts folder could not be written to."

Interestingly this issue did not occur on a new web application, and we did not see anything strange in ULS logs either.

 

Solution

This was also an issue caused by the WebDAV module, interestingly customer had this WebDAV module installed for only one web application which kind of explain why the issue was occurring on only one web application

 

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Question - How do I remove WebDAV module from IIS Server?

Answer - This is how you can remove WebDAV module from IIS

1) Open Server Manager

2) Expand Roles, click on Web Server(IIS)

3) Click on Remove Role Services

4) UnCheck WebDAV Publishing

5) Click Next

6) Click Remove

Question - I cannot remove WebDAV module as my non-SharePoint sites use this module

Answer – In that case we can remove WebDAV modules from just SharePoint site instead of removing it from the IIS

1) Open IIS

2) Expand Sites

3) Select the SharePoint Web Application

4) Select Modules from the Features View

5) Select WebDAVModule from the list of Native Modules and click on Remove


Comments (4)

  1. Konnie says:

    Doesn't WebDAV have to be installed in order to use SharePoint Designer?

  2. I guess SPD does use WebDav protocol but not the modules installed at IIS level

  3. Wouldn't there be consequences for removing WebDAV, such as not being able to use the "open with Explorer view?"

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