Changing Site Collection Owners (Windows SharePoint Services 2.0)

SharePoint 2003

Updated: 08-22-2005

To perform the following steps, you must be a member of the SharePoint administrators group or a member of the server's local administrators group. You must also know the URL for the site collection for which you will be changing ownership.


Users with site collection administrator rights can also change site ownership programmatically through the Windows SharePoint Services Object Model. See the Windows SharePoint Services Software Developers Kit for more information.

Change the owner of a site from SharePoint Central Administration

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click SharePoint Central Administration.

  2. On the SharePoint Central Administration page, in the Security Configuration section, click Manage site collection owners.

  3. On the Manage Site Collection Owners page, in the Site URL box, type the URL of the site, and then click View. The information for the current site owner and secondary owner appears automatically on the page when you click View.

  4. In the Site Owner section, in the User name box, type the user name (in the form DOMAIN\User_Name) and e-mail address (in the form for the user who will be the site owner and administrator.

  5. If you have a new secondary contact name, type that user name in the Secondary Owner section.

  6. Click OK.

You can also change the site owner by using the siteowner operation with the Stsadm.exe command line tool.

Change the owner of a site collection by using Stsadm.exe

  1. Determine the URL of the site and the user name of the user you want to add as site owner. If you want to add a secondary owner, determine that user's user name.

  2. On the server running Windows SharePoint Services, open a command prompt.

  3. Type the following, replacing the italicized text with the correct information:

    stsadm.exe -o siteowner -url URL [-ownerlogin DOMAIN\User_Name | -secondownerlogin DOMAIN\User_Name]

Command Line Parameters for siteowner operation

Required parameters Optional parameters


Either –ownerlogin or –secondownerlogin

Related Information

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guide (

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Software Development Kit (