Changing Site Collection Owners

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To perform the following steps, you must be a member of theSharePoint administrators group or a member of the server'slocal administrators group. You must also know the URL for the sitecollection for which you will be changing ownership.

Note: Users with site collectionadministrator rights can also change site ownershipprogrammatically through the Windows SharePoint Services ObjectModel. See the Windows SharePoint Services Software Developers Kitfor more information.

Change the owner of a site from SharePoint CentralAdministration

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to AdministrativeTools, 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 andsecondary 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-mailaddress (in the form ) for the user whowill be the site owner and administrator.

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

  6. Click OK .

You can also change the site owner by using the siteowneroperation with the Stsadmin.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 youwant 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 acommand prompt.

  3. Type the following, replacing the italicized text with thecorrect 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 orsecondownerlogin


Related Information

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Administrator'sGuide

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Software Developer's Kit