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I'm trying to activate a site scoped feature from within a timer job and it returns access denied. How can I get enough permissions to perform this action?

Also I'm currently testing on a development machine where the timer service runs under my own admin account which is a sharepoint farm admin. However I still get an access denied error when running the timer job. It should have more than enough permissions to perform this action.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

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Your timer job is running under the security context of a farm administrator, but the action you are trying to perform is a site-level action, not a farm level action. Try making your farm account a site collection administrator of the site your are working against, then execute the code.

Have you ever logged in to SharePoint as a farm or System account, and gotten access denied on the site? This is the issue you are facing.

  • Hi Derek, The site was created using the same account. It is listed as the site collection admin and I am able to logon to the site using the admin account. So I really can't see why I get an access denied. – Brinky Aug 13 '15 at 14:08

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