We recently implemented a new SharePoint 2010 environment. As part of the process, we configured the Metadata Management services, a Content Type Hub, setup syndication and validated that everything was setup correctly. Interestingly in some of our site collections the term store management feature could not be found (see image below). Also, we were unable to use the term store or any defined site columns.
What was happening?
I found a solution to this problem at Peter Gerritsen’s Blog. Executing the PowerShell command referenced in this article solved the problem.
But why did this happen to begin with? Just a few days after solving this issue I encountered it again with a new site collection I setup. I had chosen the Blank Site Template to create the site collection . I enabled most features at the site collection and site level. However, the Term store management option was missing and related Managed Metadata couldn’t be leveraged.
I had a hunch this might have something to do with my template selection. In 2007 I had become accustomed to using the Blank template, so I wouldn’t have to delete all kinds of lists and libraries I really didn’t want.
I decided to delete the empty site collection and re-create it again; this time with the Team Collaboration Site Template. This fixed the problem! Apparently the Blank site template doesn’t enable the hidden site collection feature related to Managed Metadata.