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Giving site owner ability to create users

  Asked By: Sherri    Date: Sep 17    Category: MOSS    Views: 1147

We're looking into deploying Sharepoint 2007 and are considering My
Sites as a tool that would allow our students to easily create their
own sites.

I'm looking for suggestions on how to deal with this scenario: A
student creates a site for some external club they're in. They would
like to give access to members of this club to post in the site's
forum or upload documents. However, these external people won't be
valid users in AD. I've read some stuff on extending the web app so
that it can also authenticate users against other sources but I'm not
sure that's exactly what we want. Ideally, the site owner would be
able to manage users for their site without intervention from the IT
department.

For comparison, we currently allow students to host sites through
Apache and they can perform something similar to this by setting up a
.htaccess file. Is there any way to do something simple like that
with Sharepoint? Any suggestions are welcome.

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Answer #1    Answered By: Anila Bhuva     Answered On: Sep 17

It would require some intervention by your IT department, but you could
implement forms based authentication with a SQL server backend. Your IT
department would need to create  an asp.net form that students could access
and add users  to the SQL database and then add those users to their MySite
sites or any other team site  within the SharePoint taxonomy that is
available. You would most likely want the asp.net form application to add
users to a SQL database to verify that the user that was attempting to
access it was a) internal and b) valid in active directory so as to not
allow users external your organization from doing such.

 
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