Manage site collection ownership

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2008-07-31

When you create a site collection, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 automatically lists you as the site collection administrator. Depending on the configuration of the site, you might be required to specify a secondary administrator for the site.

You may want to delegate some administration tasks for a Web site to specific users of the site. You can assign users to be site collection administrators or site collection owners so they will have full administrative permissions to all sites and content within a site collection.

About site collection owners

Some site collection administrative tasks, for example, restoring items in a site collection’s Recycle Bin, require ownership credentials for the site collection. You can change a site collection owner or secondary owner by using the Manage Site Collection Owners page in the SharePoint Central Administration Web site or by using the Stsadm siteowner operation. Remember to restore ownership of the site collection to the original owner after the task is completed. For information, see Siteowner: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server).


Each change of site ownership is logged in the Security log in Event Viewer.

Use the following procedures to manage the ownership of site collections:

See Also


Choose administrators and owners for the administration hierarchy (Office SharePoint Server)
Determine permission levels and groups to use (Office SharePoint Server)
Create, delete, and view site collections and subsites
Analyze site usage
Configure settings for sites
Manage site collection administrators (Office SharePoint Server 2007)