Site Collection Administrator and Site Owners in SharePoint 2013, little confusion when we assign the Security principle.

Please find to the point conclusion about the both, it took time to understand me but be clear by following analysis.

Below things are only about Site Collection Owners

  • Are controlled via `Central Administration | Application Management | Change site collection administrators’
  • When you create a site collection, Windows SharePoint Services automatically lists you as the site collection owner.
  • You must have at least one and maximum of two owners and they become both “Site Collection Owners” and “Site Collection Administrators”
  • Both must be users (groups are not allowed)
  • Will receive email in case of e.g. quota limits reached, or site not being used (this is configured by Farm admin)
  • Site collection owners and secondary owners are also site collection administrators. However, owners and secondary owners are the only users who receive e-mail notifications for events, such as the pending automatic deletion of inactive sites. By default, site collection owners also receive requests for access from users who have been denied access. A user who is a member of the Administrator site group can use the Site Administration pages to change the e-mail address that receives requests for access.
  • If you remove a person who is “Site Collection Owner” as part of modifying “Site Collection Administrators” in Site Settings in the Site Collection he/she is removed from “Site Collection Owners” as well. If it’s the Primary Owner then the Secondary Owner becomes Primary Owner, if there is no Secondary Owner, the first user in the list of Site Collection Administrators become new Primary Owner

Below things are only about Site Collection Administrators.

  • Are controlled via Site Settings | Site collection administrators
  • Have full permissions in the site collection
  • They can view, add, delete, or change all content within those sites as well. They can add and remove users from sites and send invitations to those sites
  • Can be users or groups
  • Configured via Site Collection administration not from SP Admin

 Note: The————– Owners group of a site (THERE IS A OWNERS GROUP IN YOUR SITE GO TO SITE LEVEL PERMISSIONS IT IS ON THE LEFT PANEL) is not the same as the site collection owners(SITE COLLECTION OWNERS IS NOT IN THE SAME PLACE OF YOUR SITE LEVEL OWNERS GROUP, YOU WILL NOT FIND SITE COLLECTION OWNERS IF YOU GO TO YOUR SITE LEVEL PERMISSIONS YOU WILL NOT FIND A GROUP FOR THEM, CAN NOT BE SET THERE), which themselves are called site collection administrators in the Central Administration(NOW, THE SITE COLLECTION OWNERS ARE CALLED ADMINS IN SP ADMIN) user interface, even though site collection owners receive email notifications that the site collection administrators do not

About Krishana Kumar

Krishana Kumar is SharePoint Architect/Trainer having Architecture experience with high volumes at Enterprise level and global scale - creation of highly scalable solutions with global user base and geographically distributed architectural components. Good knowledge of SharePoint best practices and governance models. I hold Two Master degree in Computer Science with over 11 years of experience working on Microsoft Technologies specially SharePoint, Project, .NET and other Information Worker Technologies. Having good exposer in Client side scripting Angular.js, backbone and Node. I am currently responsible for SharePoint Infrastructure set up and leading teams in various medium and large scale projects, architecting, designing & installing SharePoint farms, developing custom components,, and providing advanced SharePoint administration and development training to teams and customers. I regularly speaks in various SharePoint User Groups and other Events. I have MCSA Windows Azure, MCSA Office 365, MCSE & MCSD SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Certified Developer (MCD) and holds MCPD, MCTIP and MCTS for SharePoint 2010, MCTS MOSS 2007 & WSS 3.0, MCPD, MCITP (EPM 2010 & 2007) and MCSD .NET.
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