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  Asked By: Brendan    Date: Jan 19    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1776

I searched this discussion group and could not find anything on best
practices for MySites for external users. I'm just wondering what are
some opinions on MySites for external users?

Our options we are currently looking at are:
1. Simply do not provide external users access to MySites.
2. Give external users access to MySites but do so with a seperate webapp.
3. Give external users access through ISA.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Toby Singleton     Answered On: Jan 19

Some of this will depend on several factors, in my opinion. First of all,
are these external  users part of the company, they just work from outside?
Or are these people who access  your data but are not employees? If they are
part of the company and are accessing SharePoint, why not let them have My
Sites? I'm not sure what would be the issue. If they are contractors, again,
is there a specific reason to not let them use My Sites? If they are short
term users  then I don't see much of a need for them to have My Sites, the
info on their profile page should be enough from a Social point of view.

Answer #2    Answered By: Felipe Osborne     Answered On: Jan 19

From he social side. If you have control over these people (I.e.
employees, contractors) and you can manage the access  then from a business
perspective I would go for it. If you do not have direct control (customers,
vendors, etc) then I would be really reluctant to. As you cannot control what
they put up there as well. You are talking about giving these folks accounts on
your AD so I am assuming they are employees or contractors.
I would think 2 or 3 would work, both have their strengths, if either of
those is a standard around the office for exposing such sites, then I would lean
toward those. Now if you hit the MS sites, their MOSS extranet scenarios all
have ISA server in them (not surprising as it is an MS product). But their
rationale around it seems pretty solid. If you do already have ISA server, I
would probably look to leverage it following one of the MS recommended routes.

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