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How to Use New 'Bulk Add Site Collections' Feature for SharePoint Online Reports

31 Aug 2016 by Ian Byrne

Many of our large enterprise customers need to configure their Cogmotive Reports account for thousands of site collections when getting started with SharePoint Online Reports. Until now, adding site collections to your account involved manually selecting the specific site collections – but at high volumes (like 500-1000 site collections) that’s time-consuming and tedious.
That’s why we have now created the option to add large volumes of SharePoint site collections at once – to save you time setting up your reports using the new ‘Bulk Add Site Collections’ option. All you need to do is assign the permissions required for Cogmotive SharePoint Online reports in bulk, and submit them to be added in bulk.
We walk you through the steps to do this below.
First, the pre-requisites:
You will need the following PowerShell add-on in order to run this update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=35588
You will also need to download the PowerShell script.
Next, run the script
1. Open up a PowerShell window
2. At the command prompt type Set-SCOLAccess.ps1-Get. Ensure you use the switch GET
3. Type in the name of an existing SharePoint Admin account
4. Enter the password
5. Enter the name of the SharePoint Admin URL. This is usually in the form of https://<tenantdomain>-admin.sharepoint.com
6. Select Y to edit the output file Sites.txt
SharePoint 17. IMPORTANT: Remove any site collection you DO NOT want to update with the new admin. Ensure there are no blank lines and make sure there is 1 entry on each line.
8. Save and Close sites.txt
9. If you are ready to apply the changes, select Y to ‘Add a new Site Collection Admin’.
10. Enter the name of the user account you would like to add as a Site Collection Admin.
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Once this has been run you can open the file in Notepad or a similar text editor.
Now, Bulk Add Your Site Collections to Cogmotive 
Now that you have the permissions and list of site collections:
1. Log in to Cogmotive as an Admin user.
2. Click on the Profile & Settings link in the left hand navigation menu and click the SharePoint Reports tab.
Bulk Add Site Collections
3. You can now click the Bulk Add Site Collections button and paste in the output from the file you created earlier. This will import those site collections and make them available in your reports.
And that’s it!
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