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Anonymous Access fails in SharePoint 2010 Document Sets

  Date: Oct 13    Category: Sharepoint 2010    Views: 1926

We are using Document Sets in our SharePoint 2010 site on 4 pages that need to
display a list of information based on user search criteria. We are using
document sets to store the data (image files), results are to be returned from
this document set based on user search criteria. It's basically a housing
search page -
so users can filter the document set by location, number of bedrooms, grade
selection made usign filter dropdowns. The pictures and floor plans image that
match user search criterai is then displayed to the user form the document set

However, no data is displayed in the document set when I login as an anonymous
user. Functionality works as expected when user logs in using their login
credentials. We have reported this
bug to Microsoft, they were able to replicate this problem on their end and have
admitted that this is indeed a bug in SharePoint 2010 and are working to provide
us a patch. But, as of now - Anonymous access fails on document sets in
SharePoint 2010.

Our deadline is fast approaching and it's been over a month since we have the
ticket open with Microsoft. So, we are looking for an alternate workaround to
overcome the anonymous access issues with document sets and be to implement meet
out deadline. For now, we are trying to use folders but with folders we suspect
that we may run into metadata issues.

Any suggestions, guidance, for an alternate optimal workaround will greatly be
appreciated. Or any assistance to resolve the Anonymous access issue with
Document Sets in SharePoint 2010 will greatly be appreciated.



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Oct 13    

I had a client who had a similar kind of issue in 2007. In 2007 you can't
upload documents if you are an anonymous user. That means you can't fill
out InfoPath forms. They were a university and wanted to let prospective
students fill out forms without creating a login. So they created a custom
membership provider that logged everyone in as a particular FBA user. That
way they were technically an authenticated user, but could be treated as
though they were anonymous. They deployed that membership provider on an
extended zone of the regular web site and added a sign-in link that would
redirect a user to a different zone if they needed to authenticate. If
user's didn't watch the url's too closely it appeared as though they had a
regular anonymous access site, with a login link. Doing something similar
would make it possible for your anonymous users to search and view the
document sets (because they wouldn't be truly anonymous), but still let you
assign them very minimal permissions.

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