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#SP2013 App Model–Tenant Administrator permissions required to install app On-Premise

A very quick post to say that I am testing out an application given to me by another development team within my company that needs to contact multiple site collections and the user profile service.

It complains once the app is in the app catalog that you need to be a tenant administrator to install (Error Message: Sorry, only tenant administrators can add or give access to this app).  This term makes sense in a tenant based environment (where this app was developed in Office 365)… but on-premise, unless you have set it up, the idea of a tenant doesn’t exist!


So what do we do… Well thanks to this blog:


The answer is to make the user or install the app as the farm admin.  The result is we can install and we can go on our merry way with the rest of the implementation.


Now I suspect there is a way to do it with less permissions as suggested in the comments of the article above.  However, for my purposes of testing this in a PILOT environment in the office, it will do.

Till the next time… keep SharePointin’’

  1. March 5, 2017 at 09:53

    Your link http://www.chrisweldon.net/blog/2013/04/30/sorry-only-tenant-administrators-can-add-this-app/ is 404 and I tryied this as farm admin and it did not work

    • March 5, 2017 at 11:30

      Hi, sorry the link doesn’t work, please ensure your farm admin has SPShellAdmin permissions. You can set it via PowerShell.

      You also need to add the App as farm admin actually logged into the server rather than from another computer

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