Default termstore for this site cannot be identified

Issue

It is possible to receive the following error while creating a Managed Metadata column for your SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 site.

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This error occurs when selecting the following setting

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You will receive an additional error beneath the tekst box area when clicking on OK

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The term store could not be accessed.

Solution

Microsoft mentions  the below configuration on http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee530391(v=office.14).aspx at ‘Update a managed metadata service connection’.

Select the Managed Metadata Service Application Connection

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and click on Properties

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make sure the second checkbox is checked, ‘’This service application is the default storage location for column specific term sets”, and click on OK

It is now possible to select a Managed Metadata Column and create a custom term set.

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2 thoughts on “Default termstore for this site cannot be identified

  1. Resolved my issue where I had created a Managed Metadata column with a term set but was unable to change the column from displaying the entire path, to just the term label, where I was getting the error saying that the Term Store could not be accessed.

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