I am using SP2013 OnPrem.

I would like to know if there is a way without using PowerShell [I don't have access to it or the farm] to set custom default groups for team sites [ex: Leadership, Elevated Members] and have new sites created use the default SP groups created for new sites [i.e. Site Name Owners, Site Name Members...]?

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Handling SharePoint without Powershell, that is a challenge. However in this case you might be able to create a site, update it as required and save it as a template ( unless it is a publishing site)

  • Lol who are you telling. My head hurts trying to figure out ways to workaround things without PowerShell D;. I'll try this route. Thank you! Jan 28, 2019 at 12:55

If you want to be admin of the content, but haven't permissions as Farm Admininstrator, they can set you

  • with User Policy on Web Applications with permisisons Full Control. Link Here.
  • or as Site Collection Administrator
  • or as Site Owner by adding to Owners SharePoing Group.
  • Hi Zdenek, I'm already an SCA. I don't think you understood the ask very well. This has nothing to do with my permissions, rather I want to be able to have a project site inherit specific user groups at the top level site so that certain people have access to the content, yet still have the default 3 groups SP creates [Owners, Members, Visitors] so that whomever is designated as the Site Owner can manage their own crap. Jan 28, 2019 at 12:56
  • So you want to delete the default 3 groups and replace them with... ? If you want to use same permissions on sub-webs just set inherited permissions. Yes i probably dont understand You. Jan 28, 2019 at 13:34
  • Sorry about that. No, I don't want the 3 default groups deleted. I would like the default groups to remain, but add additional custom groups to the site. I would like to automate the addition of the custom groups to the subsite upon initialization. Does that make a bit more sense? Apologies if I'm unclear. Jan 28, 2019 at 14:16

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