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How to: Access Windows SharePoint Services Site Administration

A default Windows SharePoint Services Web site is automatically provisioned when you install Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. This top-level Web site is where you control all the options and features of the Windows SharePoint server. Administrators of a top-level Web site can perform actions such as enabling or disabling Web document discussions or alerts, viewing usage and quota data, and changing anonymous access settings; in addition to controlling site access and adding, deleting, or changing site group membership.


Site administration is separate from Windows SharePoint Services Central Administration, accessed through the SharePoint Central Administration tool.

Required Permissions

To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the Windows SharePoint Services Site Administrators group or a member of the Administrators group on the Team Foundation application-tier server. For more information about permissions, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

To access Windows SharePoint Services site administration

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

  2. In the address bar, type the server name of the application-tier server to locate the top-level Windows SharePoint Services site. To view the name of the application-tier server, open Visual Studio, and in Team Explorer, right-click the server name, and then click Properties.

To add a member to the SharePoint Administration group

  1. On the Team Foundation application-tier, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click SharePoint Central Administration.

  2. In Central Administration, click Set SharePoint Administration Group.

  3. In Set SharePoint Administration Group, type group account name and the domain (if appropriate).


    You can only add one domain group or user to the SharePoint Administration group. You cannot add a local group. However, members of the Local Administrators group on the server can also perform administration tasks for Windows SharePoint Services products and technologies.

  4. Click OK.

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