i have been using days not finding a solution.

Someone has deleted some of the default sharepoint permission levels "Edit", "Contribute" and so on.

We have custom created permission levels, that are working, and doing what they should, but we are facing two problems.

the default permission levels have same "ID" on all sitecollections where the custom has a new ID on the different sitecollections, we are publishing workflows from a central place, and these workflows looks for the permission levels ID, which is not there.

The second error is we cannot start publishing service, and i suspect its because it cannot find the permission levels- (Still investigating this).

So to conclude it all, is it possible to restore the default permission levels or is it possible to create permission levels with manuel set ID

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I dont think, we can restore the default permission groups. Once it deleted from site collection, it will gone from site (Not going into recyclbin).

Only way to restore the groups, you have to perform a restore (to date of time when it was working fine) if you have the backup of site collection.

Restoring SharePoint 2010 group

  • we thought about this, only problem is i dont have a date for the deletion of them. so i dont think its possible. Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 11:59
  • i would try to restore in lower / qa / dev farm to check it...i am assuming couple of attempts for different dates.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 12:40
  • That is not a bad idea, i will talk with my colleagues about that. Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 14:42

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