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What is difference between Administrator and WSS_Admin_WPG, on the SharePoint Server Machine

  1. Is Administrator rights on Server Machine enough to do all activities on SharePoint server , Power Shell and IIS Application pool
  2. To perform any IIS and Power shell related activity is it necessary that user must belong to IIS_IUSRS and SharePoint_Shell_Access Group

marked as duplicate by Hitodama, John Chapman, Benny Skogberg Apr 14 '14 at 2:54

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  1. "Administrators" Group will have full privilege in the system.
  2. "WSS_Admin_WPG" is used for Application Pool Accounts for Central Administration and Timer Services, they have very specific privileges in the system and they are as follows,

A. Rights to registry entries and

"HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\APPID{58F1D482-A132-4297-9B8A-F8E4E600CDF6} " "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\APPID{6002D29F-1366-4523-88C1-56D59BFEF8CB} " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Registration{90120000-110D-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE} " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0 " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\LoadBalancerSettings " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\LauncherSettings " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\14.0\Search " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\14.0\Secure " "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\14.0\WSS "

B. Rights to file systems.

"%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Sharepoint " "C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\wss " "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0 " "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\WebServices " "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Data " "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Logs " "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Data\Office Server " "%windir%\System32\drivers\etc\HOSTS " "%windir%\Tasks " "%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14 " "%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\ADMISAPI " "%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\CONFIG " "%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\LOGS " "%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\Data " "%windir%\temp " "%windir%\System32\logfiles\SharePoint " "%systemdrive\program files\Microsoft Office Servers\14 folder on Index servers "

Reference:

a. http://sharepoint-community.net/forum/topics/difference-between-administrator-and-wss-admin-wpg

b. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc678863.aspx

c. What are the relationship between administrators groups of domain, dev computer and of Sharepoint services?

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