Become Administrator of the Entire Web Application

So you may have noticed that unlike SharePoint Portal 2003 MOSS 2007 does not just give all server administrators full control of everything. While most of this think it is a good thing I have already been asked several times “How do I make it so all of the administrators are SharePoint admins also?”

Well far be it from me to try and talk you out of it (unless you are my client) so I will just give you the quick answer.

To grant a user or group administrator access to a given web application do as follows.

  1. Go to SharePoint Central Administration.
  2. Click on the Application Management tab.
  3. Under Application Security click on Policy for Web Application
  4. Click Add Users
  5. Confirm your settings on the screen (defaults should be what you want) and click Next
  6. Now enter your user or group of users
  7. Click the box beside Full Control – Has full control.
  8. Click Finish

Now all of your specified users have full control over the entire web application as they did in SPS 2003.

Have Fun!

Shane – SharePoint Help

15 thoughts on “Become Administrator of the Entire Web Application”

  1. When I click the link ‘application management’ I get the error ‘Some or all identity references could not be translated.’ :-( doesn’t help me much….

  2. I am the administrator for my school’s site and I have created my homepage and two other pages (so far). The Staff page shows up but the “Team” page and all the team subsites (7 of them)that I have created do not show up unless I log into my account.  I need these pages and subsites to show for the general public to see as well.  I have checked their permissions and they seem to be set for viewers to see them but they do not show up.  Any suggestions?

    Another problem that I am having is making all the site images available to these other subsites as well.  I thought I put them in a place where they could be accessed by the subsites, but they do not show up on the subsite libraries.

  3. is there a way to execute this manually? Our portal went belly up during a power outage and now I can’t get Central Administration up, gives a “service unavailable” respoinse, same as when we try to access the any of the portal’s pages. I’m not a SharePoint person, but I’m tyhe one tapped to try & figure this out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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