Delegate permissions to use Windows PowerShell to manage SharePoint

I have just discovered that by default permission is not granted to use Windows PowerShell to manage SharePoint.   To enable me to do this I had to launch an elevated command prompt and issue the following commands:

$spcdb = Get-SPContentDatabase WSS_Content_Intranet

Add-SPShellAdmin -UserName WEBBWORLD\DAVE.WEBB -Datababase $spcdb

This will add the specified user to the local WSS_ADMIN_WPG group on each server in the farm and grant the SharePoint_Shell_Access role on the database.

Note: to run the Add-SPShellAdmin command you must be logged on as a user with:

  • securityadmin server role on the SQL instance
  • db_owner role for the database
  • Administrators membership on the server
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