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Add or remove a search services administrator (Search Server 2008)

Search Server 2008

Updated: March 3, 2008

Applies To: Microsoft Search Server 2008

 

Topic Last Modified: 2009-05-21

NoteNote:
Unless otherwise noted, the information in this article applies to both Microsoft Search Server 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express.

If you are familiar with user groups in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you are probably familiar with the role of a shared services administrator. A shared services administrator can control the services included in the Shared Services Administration Web site, otherwise known as Shared Services Provider (SSP). However, Microsoft Search Server 2008 has only one SSP. Therefore, the role of a shared services administrator is replaced by a search services administrator in Search Server 2008.

A search services administrator can configure SSP settings and access the Search Administration page in Search Server 2008. On the Search Administration page, a search services administrator can change settings for Content Sources, Crawl Rules, Scopes, Authoritative Pages, Federated Locations or Managed Properties, and Usage Reports.

When you deploy Search Server 2008, you are automatically designated the primary site collection administrator of the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, the SSP, and the site collections in the server farm. By using these permissions, you can add a secondary site collection administrator and grant users site collection administrator permissions to the SSP, site collections, and sites in the farm.

A system administrator who has deployed the server farm or system administrators who have permissions only to the Central Administration Web site (who are not site collection administrators) can add a secondary site collection administrator.

The following procedure describes how to add a secondary site collection administrator.

Add a secondary site collection administrator
  1. In Central Administration, click the Application Management tab.

  2. On the Application Management page, under SharePoint site management, click Site collection administrators.

  3. In the Site Collection Administrators page, select a site collection that ends with /ssp/admin in the Site Collection list.

    NoteNote:
    If the site collection for the SSP is not visible, click Change Site Collection in the Site Collection list. In the Select Site Collection window, click Change Web Application in the Web Application list, and then click the link that ends with /ssp/admin in the Name column. In the Select Site Collection window, click /ssp/admin in the URL column, and then click OK.
  4. In the Primary site collection administrator box, you can see the name of the system administrator who has set up the farm. Change the name of the user, if necessary.

  5. In the Secondary site collection administrator box, type the name of the user that you want to add as the secondary site collection administrator.

  6. Click OK.

The following procedure describes how to grant users site collection administrator permissions on the SSP Web site.

NoteNote:
You must have site collection administrator permissions on the SSP Web site to perform this procedure.
Add a search services administrator
  1. On the Search Administration page, click Site Actions, and then click Site Settings.

  2. On the Site Settings page, under Users and Permissions, click Site collection administrators.

  3. On the Site Collection Administrators page, under Site Collection Administrators, type the name of the user that you want to add as a site collection administrator.

    NoteNote:
    When adding more users to the list, use a semicolon (;) after each user's name.
  4. Click OK.

The following procedure describes how a search services administrator can be removed from the SSP.

Remove a search services administrator
  1. On the Search Administration page, click Site Actions, and then click Site Settings.

  2. On the Site Settings page, under Users and Permissions, click Site collection administrators.

  3. On the Site Collection Administrators page, under Site Collection Administrators, delete the name in the list.

  4. Click OK.

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