Todd Klindt has made a very useful SumUp on how to create different SharePoint Admin Permissions.

For more information, take a look at Todds post Demystifying SharePoint Admin Permissions at Todd Klindt's SharePoint Admin Blog

Web Application Policy

How Do You Give It?

In Central Admin > Manage Web Applications > Policy for Users

Farm Administrators in Central Admin

How do you give it?

In Central Admin > Security > Farm Administrators

SPShellAdmin

How do you give it?

From PowerShell with the Add-SPShellAdmin cmdlet.

Service App Administrator

How do you give it?

Central Admin > Service Application Management. Highlight the service application and click “Administrators" in the ribbon. Add the user to the Administrators list.

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