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  Asked By: Mario    Date: Apr 05    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 12965

I am pretty new to Sharepoint, and although I have read the information available and tried to follow what direction I could find, I have yet to be able to properly secure documents / sites in Sharepoint. I have set anonymous access to nothing and I have created my user accounts and given appropriate permissions. Unfortunately, anyone in the environment who accesses the sharepoint web page has the ability to open and modify documents. Does anyone have any clues as to what I have not done properly? Maybe some links to information about properly securing sharepoint?



9 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Pierre Copeland     Answered On: Apr 05

Without seeing exactly what you are doing I can't properly  answer
your question but here are a few things to check that may lead you
to the problem.

Sharepoint respects NTFS permissions  so if the documents  are outside
of SPS then the permissions on the external documents will be
respected and if you don't have permission then you will not see.

It does sound though like your problem is within the Portal itself.
Ensure that you have assigned only those that you wish to have
access to Author or coordinate in the relevant areas. Everyone read
access for a shared area is fine but the Coordinators and Authors
are those that can do any changes.

Ensure that you havent accidentally added a group containing
everyone into a group with either author or coord permisions.

Also remember that the permissions like with a normal file system
filter down through the files if you select that option and it may
be that you have to go down and extra level and take off the user
parent permissions and thin out the Authors / coordinators.

Answer #2    Answered By: Lewis Mann     Answered On: Apr 05

(assuming SPS 2003) Have you given the users more than Reader rights? Contributors can modify  documents, although you can specify more granular settings for individual Document Libraries. If people are Readers, they can see all documents; you can't deny access  to individual documents  either.

Answer #3    Answered By: Clayton Berry     Answered On: Apr 05

What rights should one give to a user  who requires read  access only to
certain documents  ??? or how should the security design be if you need to
permit read access  to only one set  of documents and not other???

Answer #4    Answered By: Larry Gonzales     Answered On: Apr 05

You will need to group documents  with special security considerations into their own Document Libraries on WSS sites  if you need this functionality. If users shouldn't see documents in a library, don't grant them access  at all. If they need read  permissions, give them the Reader right.

Answer #5    Answered By: Lamont Tran     Answered On: Apr 05

Is there a way to show a WSS site on the Horizontal bar (i.e. the one that
contains Home, News, Topics, Sites etc.) of your SharePoint Portal Server
2003. If not, how else can one help a user  navigate to a particular WSS site
from SharePoint Portal Server Home page.

Answer #6    Answered By: Orlando Silva     Answered On: Apr 05

That navigation bar is only meant to display Topic areas; any new top level Topics automatically gets a link to it put into that bar. There's nothing stopping you from using Front page  2003 to add a static link to whatever you want "around" that bar.

There's a million-gazillion ways to help users get to a particular WSS site: the Links For You web  part on the main portal page (and the similar one in My Site for using Add To My Links), custom Links lists, any HTML/Rich Text web parts, use the Favourites in Internet Explorer, drag the shortcut to the desktop, etc. etc.

The best method: the existing Sites Directory. Why reinvent the wheel? It's only one click away...

Answer #7    Answered By: Dana Hodges     Answered On: Apr 05

Use the web  Part page  Viewer and point it to the Sites Directory. Put the web part on the Home page.

Answer #8    Answered By: Kent Harmon     Answered On: Apr 05

But the whole sites  page loaded into a tiny web  part doesn't look very good. Your idea gave me another though - use the Web Capture web part, point it to the URL of the Sites page  (or a specific view on the Sites page), and check off the table that lists the sites. Works well, but I noticed the Toolbar and column headers are rendered useless...

It's too bad the list in the Sites page isn't exposed like regular lists and document libraries; then we wouldn't have to fudge it with wacky work-arounds.

Answer #9    Answered By: Alexis Pearson     Answered On: Apr 05

Well, this is, for all practical purposes, a new product that has the typical 1.0 annoyances. But it still has a compelling story that many companies will be buying.

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