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  Asked By: Benny    Date: Apr 04    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 813

I have just been digging through some site usage reports and found that
some users have been using FrontPage to view sites. My concern is that
a site owner may be using FrontPage to edit his site. Is it possible
for users to unghost pages? I would think that SharePoint permissions
would prevent this, but haven't tested it yet.



12 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Kareem Flynn     Answered On: Apr 04

I have just been digging through some site  usage reports  and found  that
some users  have been using FrontPage to view  sites. My concern is that
a site owner  may be using FrontPage to edit  his site. Is it possible
for users to unghost pages? I would think that sharepoint  permissions
would prevent  this, but haven't tested it yet.

Answer #2    Answered By: Tyron Calderon     Answered On: Apr 04

just keep them from using frontpage  alltogether!

you can see how to accomplish this here:


as for unghosting, there is a web part called GhostHunter, ive never unghosted anything with it, but ive certainly used it to see if bad users  are doing things like you mention.


Answer #3    Answered By: Irvin Foley     Answered On: Apr 04

Without delving into a barrage of questions about your specific
permission setup, to test you can just login under a test account (that
has the same permissions as the users  in question) on a test site  and
try to edit  the site in FrontPage. Even doing something as little as
opening the site in FrontPage without saving it can do the site some

You can also shut down any possibility of this happening by adding
attributes to the Project tag in the ONET.XML file that prevents
specified actions or any action by FrontPage to the SharePoint site.

fp03sps.mspx (search for the Disabled Features header)

Answer #4    Answered By: Deonte Stein     Answered On: Apr 04

That Microsoft article will do the trick.

It never really occurred to me that a user would try to edit  a site
in FrontPage. I'm glad that you could help me out.

Answer #5    Answered By: Stephon Valentine     Answered On: Apr 04

would you believe that we paid some consultants 175$ an hour and then found  out that they were unghosting  our entire portal?

Answer #6    Answered By: Leif Cardenas     Answered On: Apr 04

In the scheme for a site  (ONET.XML) there’s an attribute you can apply to prevent users  from opening the site in FrontPage.

Answer #7    Answered By: Jasper Hatfield     Answered On: Apr 04

So do Heather and Andy get a split of that now.

Answer #8    Answered By: Rashawn Hopper     Answered On: Apr 04

You can add me in on that Bil… wonder if Andy = AC or Andy = Andy Lubel

Answer #9    Answered By: Horace Coffey     Answered On: Apr 04

We’d be happy to charge you twice that to unghost your pages!

Answer #10    Answered By: Rigoberto Beard     Answered On: Apr 04

I would gladly unghost any portals and any haunted houses you have for $165/hr

Answer #11    Answered By: Alphonso Mckay     Answered On: Apr 04

AC = Andrew Connell in Heather speak.

Answer #12    Answered By: Daron Oneill     Answered On: Apr 04

HeatherSpeak? Crap. I’m still learning all the ins and outs with CAML and now I have to contend with another language already.

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