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I am trying to add a custom Menu item under "Site Collections" in central admin. Following is my elements.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Elements xmlns="">
    Title="Check availability"
    Description="Create a new top-level web site, by host header" 
        <UrlAction Url="/_layouts/HelloWorld/Hello.aspx"/>

I deploy the solution and I dont see the new menu item. What could be the reason? I tried adding a menu item to Site Actions menu and it works.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

I realize that Location and GroupID attributes mentioned in SDk are not correct:

The values you specified are correct.

I was able to display a link with following XML, which is pretty similar to yours:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Elements xmlns="">
  <CustomAction  GroupId="SiteCollections" Id="CheckAllaboutmoss" Sequence="100" Location="Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.Applications" Title="Check Availability" RequiredAdmin="Delegated" >
    <UrlAction Url="/_admin/createsite.aspx"/>

Please make sure following: 1. You can use Scope = Web or higher (Web makes sense) 2. Make sure you have AutoActivateInCentralAdmin="TRUE" in the FEATURE element of the feature.

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Thanks for the reply. Still I don't see it. I used the values given here :… – Shoban Nov 1 '10 at 14:56
I think you should be fine with my updated answer..Please review my answer again – Ashish Patel Nov 1 '10 at 17:30
Thanks Ashish. Will check and let you know. – Shoban Nov 2 '10 at 8:39

Your location is not good. You wrote Location="Micorosoft.SharePoint.Administration.Applications"

instead of


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In the associated feature.xml file, make sure to reference the elements file as follows:

<ElementManifest Location="elements.xml" />

Once without thinking, I used the "ElementFile" tag instead and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why the custom action wasn't showing up. I'm not going to own up to how much time I spent trying to resolve the issue.

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