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I want to assign a user the minimum permissions to upload sandbox solution in the site collection, what's the required permission level?

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It's mostly true that you need to be a site collection administrator to deploy sandboxed solutions. However, a solution that does not contain an assembly is still able to be deployed by a user with "Full Control" privileges on the site collection root.

reference: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7825660/sharepoint-uploading-sandboxed-solutions-without-needing-to-be-an-administrator

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I read that you don't need to be site collection admin to upload a solution, but to activate it, you need to be a site collection admin. How can there be an assembly in sandbox solution? isn't assemblies uploaded to server file system? –  Richard Apr 9 '13 at 14:34
    
There can be an assembly but it wouldn't be deployed to a gac –  Alex Choroshin Apr 9 '13 at 21:02
    
where is it stored? –  Richard Apr 10 '13 at 18:19
    
take a look at this answer: stackoverflow.com/a/4565793/1745230 –  Alex Choroshin Apr 10 '13 at 20:14

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