I have SharePoint 2010 Server. I have put myself as a Site Collection Administrator.

Somehow someone was able to check out a document with the System Account. I, thinking that I had just as much permission as the System Account, went to check in the file, but was not presented with the option.

I had to log in with the system account to check the document back in.

How do I get my Site Collection Administrator account to have the same amount of permission levels as the System Account ... without actually using the System Account as my log in.

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What you need to do is add the Site Collection Administrator account as a Farm Administrator, which is essentially what the System Account is as far as permissions are concerned.

  • I have already had the accounts in the Farm Administrator list and then added them to the site Collection Administrator (some were missing). Still, I am not able to check back in a document that was checked out by the "System Account". Any other thoughts or suggestions?
    – ZombieCode
    Dec 4, 2012 at 20:29
  • I should state that adding them as the Site Collection Admin worked for their permissions, but the system checked out file is still an issue.
    – ZombieCode
    Dec 4, 2012 at 20:42

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