SharePoint permissions can be quite tricky – yesterday I stumbled upon an error “No User Profile Application available to service the request. Contact your farm administrator." when trying to update SharePoint 2010 user profiles using Powershell – luckily Steve explained what was wrong “No User Profile Application Available” Mystery in SharePoint 2010.
You have to configure security in 2 different places:
- Click the administrators button on the Service Applications page and add yourself with Full Control
- On the same page you will also notice a permissions button to the far right – don’t forget to add your account here as well