Add site collection administrators (Office SharePoint Server 2007)

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2008-07-28

After you set up a site collection, you have to specify the people who will have access. The type of site frequently determines the type of access granted.

For a typical Internet site, you can let everyone who visits the site view the site content. However, you might not want them to change or modify the content. For a company intranet site, you can allow some people to control the structure of the site, yet allow others to add new content or participate in group calendars or surveys. For an extranet, you might want to closely control the number of people who can view the site.

After you create a site collection, create a site administrator to perform all administrative tasks for the site collections. The site administrator can:

  • Create new users for the site.

  • Assign permissions to users.

  • Change both the appearance and the behavior of the site.

  • Configure the search settings.

  • Establish all site directory settings.

  • Allocate storage space.

Add site collection administrators

This procedure uses the SharePoint Central Administration Web site. However, you can also add a site collection administrator from the top-level site in the site collection by using the Site Settings page for the top-level site.


You have to create site collections before you can create site administrators. Membership as a site collection administrator for the Shared Services Administration Web site or in the Farm Administrators SharePoint group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

Add site collection administrators

  1. On the Central Administration Home page, on the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.

  2. On the Site Settings page, in the Users and Permissions section, select Site Collection Administrators.

  3. On the Site Collection Administrators page, a text box appears that prompts you to specify one or more users (separated by semicolons) that you want to make site administrators.

  4. Specify the user name or names that you want as site administrators.

  5. Click OK. The site collection administrator or administrators are added.


You can also add site collection administrators by using the Stsadm command-line tool. For more information about how to add a site administrator by using the Stsadm command-line tool, see Adduser: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server).

See Also


Take ownership of a site collection (Office SharePoint Server)
Remove site collection administrators (Office SharePoint Server 2007)