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SharePoint Administration - impersonation

  Asked By: Gustavo    Date: Feb 14    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1775

Our Administrators want to view sharepoint site as it looks from any other
User's account.

For instance, when administrator receives a support ticket for a particular
user, he wants to see how a particular site looks like under the permissions set
of requested user.

I know it can be a major security breach, but that is not the primary concern
here as we are still evaluating.

Can someone give some hint how to develop this kind of functionality, or
redirect me to any avaiable tool capable of doing this.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Moshe Harding     Answered On: Feb 14

I don't think there is any way to do this without actually having the
password of the user  you're trying to impersonate. Which of course, in that
case you could just "Sign in as Different User".

There is no other place in windows that allows that type of impersonation
functionality without the user's password.

Answer #2    Answered By: Carly Meyer     Answered On: Feb 14

The only way I've ever seen this accomplished was through the use of a
product called DeliverPoint. You can check out information on it here:


It has a feature that lets you clone a sharepoint  permissions set and apply
it to a different userid. Its normally used by help desks for
troubleshooting or to clone permissions  for a new employee taking over
someone's job.

Other than actually cloning a user  so you can log in like them, I don't know
any way of impersonating another user programmatically.

Answer #3    Answered By: Dewayne Clay     Answered On: Feb 14

There is no option or tool  that I know of. I agree that DeliverPoint will
perform the close option and DeliverPoint is a great tool!!! But speaking from
the Technical side of things, this does not accomplish what you really want. A
big factor to take into consideration is that the Desktop has a lot to do with
troubleshooting. I guess the best way to troubleshoot and issue is using any RDP
This way, you can see the user's screen and in the background you can see it
from your point of view.

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