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How to remove admin’s access to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites

Problem

When you configure backups for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites using RecoveryManager Plus, the admin whose account is used to configure the product is provided access to all SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites by the product. If you decide not to back up a particular or all SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites, you’ll have to manually revoke access from the admin.

This document will show you how you can manually revoke an admin’s access to sites.

Solution

  • Download SharePoint Online Management Shell and install it.
  • Once the installation is complete, open it and execute the following commands.
    $Username="account@company.onmicrosoft.com"

    Here, account@company.onmicrosoft.com is the e-mail address of the admin.

    Note: The e-mail address of the admin should be enclosed in double quotes (").

    $userCredentials = Get-Credential -Credential $Username

    Provide the credentials of the admin in the pop-up that appears.

    Import-Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell 
    Connect-SPOService -Url https://<tenant>-admin.sharepoint.com -Credential $userCredentials

    Here, <tenant> is the name of your Office 365 tenant.

Removing admin access to particular sites.

To remove the admin’s access from particular sites, you’ll need the URL of those sites. To get the URL,

  • Log in to RecoveryManager Plus as an administrator.
  • Navigate to SharePoint & OneDrive tab > Backup Settings.
  • Click the Create Backup button located in the top-right corner of the screen.

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  • Select the tenant that contains the site URL you wish to find, and then click on the icon-add Icon in the Select Sites field.

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  • In the pop-up that appears, click List View in the top-right corner. The list of all sites in the selected tenant will be displayed. Copy the URL of the required sites. To search for particular sites, use the icon-search.

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  • Once you have the URL of the sites, switch to SharePoint Online Management Shell and enter the following command.
    $SiteURL = "CopiedURL" 

    Replace SiteURL with the URL of the site.

    Note: The URL of the site should be enclosed in double quotes (").

    Set-SPOUser -Site $SiteURL -LoginName $Username -IsSiteCollectionAdmin $false 
    -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

    If you want to remove the admin's access to multiple sites, enter the following commands in the SharePoint Online Management Shell.

     $SiteURLs = "URL1", "URL2"

    Replace URL1 with the URL of the first site, URL2 with the URL of the second site, and so on.

    Note: The URL of the sites should be enclosed in double quotes (").

    foreach($SiteURL in $SiteURLs) {Set-SPOUser -Site $SiteURL -LoginName $Username 
    -IsSiteCollectionAdmin $false -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue}

 

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