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Requesting access to Sharepoint site but putting certain restriction

  Asked By: Kavisha    Date: Apr 05    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1273

I got a very interesting request this morning. we currently deal
with vendors in the UK, India, Israel... yeah, all over

We have this particular site in Sharepoint (we use SP 2003), which
holds sensitive data/information that has to be allowed to be seen
by some of our vendors (Outside the country and not users on our
Domain) the tricky part is that I was told to give them access to
only one folder on the site, and that they should not be able to see
any of the other data, but that particular folder.

One of the solutions requested was to create a clone site for that
particular folder, but the first thing that came to my mind was
(Data Synchronization issues)... unless there is a way to have SP
2003 sync up data accross sites, then this is not a good solution.
The guy requesting this offered to sync up the data manually, but
still I rather not have headaches in the long run.

What I need to do, is to authenticate users in coutry-x to access a
folder (only that folder) while Users in the US can access the
folder, but are able to access other fodlers as well. we just want
to keep our information restricted to users in country-x. what
method of authentication would be the best one to go with?

Do I need to create a separate site, and create a link to the
original site? or should I be able to get it accomplished on the
original site with restrictions and all?

Can anyone direct me in the right direction? I am searching the
Microsoft pages for help as well.

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Answer #1    Answered By: Bernice Puckett     Answered On: Apr 05

There are limitations in WSS 2.0 and SPS 2003 that will make doing this
more difficult than if you were using WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007. The first
is that Active Directory authentication is the only thing that the 2003
version supports. So, you must use AD; you can setup the external
accounts in a dedicated OU or even another domain/forest (as long as you
setup a one way trust).

The second difficulty is the scope at which you can secure information.
The 2003 version only lets you secure a Site or a List whereas the 2007
version also lets you secure a Folder or even a List Item. But it sounds
like you may only need to get down to the list level anyway.

The short answer is that even the 2003 version should be able to do what
you are trying to do but it would be easier to accomplish using the 2007
version.