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Is there any way to determine who created a site collection in SP 2013?

I've tried using _.rootweb.author, but it returns the name of the primary administrator for the site and not the admin user that actually created it.

This is a big deal because we have collections popping up and they didn't come through our admins. I need a way to trace them back to the account that's making them. The named authors/primary admins don't have the rights.

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Please check below code.

$site = Get-SPSite http://intranet.sharepoint.com/ 
$site.RootWeb.Author

Hope it will works for you.

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