We will be doing some site updates and testing in relation to an update to our AMS system, and would like to put our live SC site in Maintenance Mode, a setting we see under the site settings, while we update everything and test. I can't find anything about the mode yet, though - how it works, how content authors can test, etc. I tried setting our test site in Maintenance Mode, and it does not appear to make a difference; it still comes up as expected. Are there any resources on this setting in SDN or other location? Thanks in advance!

  • AFAIK, "maintenance mode" is not a native feature of Sitecore. Can you provide a list of modules that you are using, and/or search your <site_host>/sitecore/admin/ShowConfig.aspx for the word "maintenance" and see what pops up? Mar 28, 2017 at 14:58
  • Zachary - I checked ShowConfig.aspx, and all of the 'maintenance' references shown refer to ContentSearch - rebuilding indexes for the DBs, that kind of thing. Mar 28, 2017 at 15:17
  • Interesting. How about if you search your solution? Is there anything in custom code that references it? Try searching the Sitecore Client, as well. Mar 28, 2017 at 15:37
  • You are correct, Zach - it is a module inserted by our third party SC provider. Working with them to suss out the functionality and such - it does work, after a fashion, once the internal config file for it is properly referenced. Thanks for the help! I found a reference to it while searching out a separate issue on too-long-file-names, with 'MaintenanceMode' popping up in a _upgradeHistory directory, and then backtracked it from there. Much appreciated! Mar 28, 2017 at 19:24

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Zachary was correct - the Maintenance Mode function appearing in SC was part of the core installation done by our third-party SC provider. Still with them on full functionality, but it appears to be a good tool to have, just in case. Full reference to it was found in a subfolder under app_config. Thanks!

  • No problem ;) Just be sure to accept your answer in a few days when the option becomes available. Mar 28, 2017 at 20:32

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