Error message when you add a user into a Farm Administrators group in SharePoint Foundation 2010 or in SharePoint Server 2010: "An unexpected error has occurred"

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SYMPTOMS

You add a user into a Farm Administrators group in SharePoint Foundation 2010 or in SharePoint Server 2010. In this case, you receive the following error message:
An unexpected error has occurred.

CAUSE

This issue occurs when you are not a local administrator.

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, you must be a member of both the following groups on the server that is hosting the SharePoint Central Administration Web site:
  • Farm administrators group
  • Local administrators group

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Article ID: 981229 - Last Review: September 12, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
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