Help! Farm Admin cannot execute cmdlets in SP 2010 Management Shell

In order to execute farm level cmdlets in SharePoint Management Shell you will need to be given Shell Admin access. Even if you are a farm administrator and you have not been given Shell Admin Access, then you won’t be able to execute farm administrative operation using PowerShell. There are lots of operations that you cannot do via the Central Administration GUI and for which you will require Shell Admin Access.

List who has SP Shell Admin Access

Before you get started with addition, it would be good to check who has Shell Admin access using the following PowerShell cmdlet

get-spshelladmin

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Let’s check who is in the farm administrator group for http://server

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Even though I am a farm administrator, I could not use SharePoint Management Shell to get a list of users who have SPShellAdmin access.

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Give user SP Shell Admin Access

To add a user as Shell Admin, use the following PowerShell cmdlet (logged in as the account that has SPShellAdmin access)

Add-SPShellAdmin -username alpesh

Or simply type Add-SpShellAdmin and press enter. You will be prompted to enter the username! Then type get-spshelladmin to see if you have successfully added the user as SPShellAdmin

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Remove SP Shell Admin Access for a user

To remove a user as Shell Admin, use the following PowerShell cmdlet

Remove-SPShellAdmin –username alpesh

Or

Or simply type Remove-SPShellAdmin and press enter. You will be prompted to enter the username!

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PowerShell To List Site Template

SharePoint 2010 Management Shell makes it easier to get a list of Site Templates installed in the farm and also creating sites using the names is straight forward.

To get a list of all globally installed site templates use the following PowerShell cmdlet

get-spwebtemplate

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To get the basic information about all the STS template, use the following PowerShell cmdlet

get-spwebtemplate “STS*”

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To get the basic information about all the SPS template, use the following PowerShell cmdlet

get-spwebtemplate “SPS*”

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PowerShell To List Service Applications

Service Applications is one of the newest additions in SharePoint 2010 arsenal of features. As again you can manage Service Applications via the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell. In the illustration under, you will see how we can get a list of Service Applications deployed.

Get-SPServiceApplication cmdlet lists all service applications in a farm with their Display Name, TypeName and ID

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Now type the same command piped with Select Id, Name to get these results

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