How do I – Resolve the issue where the Term Store Management option does not show up in Site Settings for a SharePoint site

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in How Do I...

A friend of mine pinged me the other day asking about the Term Store. The problem he was seeing was that the “Term store management” link wasn’t showing up under the Site Administration section of the site. He had another site in the same web application that did show the link so the question was why this site did not show the link. When looking at the Site Settings page for the site in question, we saw this: image3_thumb_399679A7 Wondering if this was another of SharePoint’s hide-and-seek games (like hiding the Delete Site link), I entered the direct URL to the Term Store into my browser. The direct URL is located as /_Layouts/termstoremanager.aspx Of course, I did not get the Term Store, but instead was confronted with the wonderful CorrelationID page. Nonetheless, now that I had a CorrelationID, I had a log I could look to for more information. Upon inspection of the ULS log file, this is what I found:

05/30/2012 09:40:26.47 w3wp.exe (0x3AE4) 0x35E0     SharePoint Foundation  Logging Correlation Data  xmnv  Medium      Name=Request (GET:  a7de1d35-c1ba-467b-9099-492693dcd124
05/30/2012 09:40:26.83 w3wp.exe (0x3AE4) 0x35E0     SharePoint Foundation  Logging Correlation Data  xmnv  Medium      Site=/ws/ZBI  a7de1d35-c1ba-467b-9099-492693dcd124
05/30/2012 09:40:26.95 w3wp.exe (0x3AE4) 0x35E0     SharePoint Foundation  Runtime                   tkau  Unexpected  System.InvalidOperationException: The Taxonomy feature (Feature ID "73EF14B1-13A9-416b-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C") has not been activated.
    at Microsoft.SharePoint.Taxonomy.OM.CodeBehind.TermStoreManager.OnLoad(EventArgs e)     at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive()     at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)    a7de1d35-c1ba-467b-9099-492693dcd124
05/30/2012 09:40:26.97 w3wp.exe (0x3AE4) 0x35E0     SharePoint Foundation  Monitoring                b4ly  Medium      Leaving Monitored Scope (Request (GET: Execution Time=501.213422376308    a7de1d35-c1ba-467b-9099-492693dcd124
As always, the most important line is the first one of type “Unexpected” following the first reference of your CorrelationID. In this case, the issue is easily identified as: The Taxonomy feature (Feature ID “73EF14B1-13A9-416b-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C”) has not been activated. Now the solution was easy, right? Simply activate the Taxonomy Feature on the site or site collection and you’re all set. Not so fast… The Taxonomy Feature is a hidden Feature. As such, this Feature is activated via the Taxonomy Feature Stapler which is attached with most site templates. The keyword is MOST. This stapler is NOT attached to the BLANK SITE TEMPLATE. The reason for this is because there’s a site attribute called “AllowGlobalFeatureAssociations” which is set to false on blank site templates. Because of this, the Feature Stapler will not fire upon the creation of the blank site and as a result, Taxonomy will not work on the site. So how do we solve that? Unfortunately, you’re going to need console access which is a problem for hosted environments such as SharePoint Online in Office 365. If however you have rights and access to your server, it can easily be done through the following Powershell cmdlet:
Enable-SPFeature -identity "73EF14B1-13A9-416b-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C" -url 

Of course if you're still old school and want to use STSADM, you can still do that by using this command:

STSADM -o activatefeature -id "73EF14B1-13A9-416b-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C" -url  –force
Once you’ve activated the Feature, a refresh of the Site Administration page shows: image_thumb_399679A7



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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