I have removed the "farm administrators" group by using the "Remove Users Permissions" option whilst in the Central admins site, now when I try to login I get "Access Denied" does anybody know how to put the "farm administrators" back? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Just to note that we had brought our SharePoint farm up to date with its patches just over a week ago, it contains (SharePoint 2010) 2 WFE Servers, 2 Application Servers and 2 SQL Servers.

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I assume you removed farm admin group and now every body getting access denined. In order to access the Central admin.

  • Please add yourself in the local Admin group on the server where Central admin is hosted.
  • Log out from the server and re login.In order to take effect of that permision
  • Now go to the Central Administration -> Security -> Manage farm administrators group.
  • create / add user here.
  • Just tried that no joy. I get "Error Group cannot be found"
    – Mike007
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 13:18
  • You able to login on central admin?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 13:18
  • Nope, ever since I clicked remove on the farm admins I cannot login to CA, I had another account which had full control and even trying to login with that I get "Error Group cannot be found"
    – Mike007
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 13:24
  • can you share the screen shot, i am little confused, i am trying to delete that group but from my VM but its says you cant.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 13:40
  • Don't try and delete it just got to CA then go to Application Management then Manage service applications then user profile service application then site actions then site permissions, Then to remove “farm Administrators” This is what I did
    – Mike007
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 13:47

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