Shared Services Administration: Error: Access is Denied

This has come up a few times for me, so I’m documenting this mostly for myself. Sometimes, clicking on the SharedServices1 link results in:

Error: Access Denied
Current User
You are currently signed in as: MOSSERVER\AdminLogin

Surprisingly, I was using a domain admin account and still ran into this error. According to the MSDN forums, the resolution is as follows:

Central Administration >> Application Management >> Policy for Web Application >> Add Users >> Select the Web Application (All Zones) >> Web Application >> (Add the user) >> Full Control >> Finish

Additionally, you may also need to perform the following once you have permissions: SharedServices1 >> “User Profiles and My Sites” >> “Personalization Services Permissions” (Thanks, James!)

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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