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Add users to SharePoint using SharePoint portal web interface?

  Asked By: Chelsea    Date: Jun 10    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 10093

I want to know if there is a way to add users
from sharepoint portal web interface "Manage Users" to Active Directory as well as to
sharepoint. What we have to do first we have to
create users into Active Directory of the server and then we can select that user from sharepoint portal interface. I read in a book, there are two mode of users management into sharepoint portal server 1- Domain Account and
2-Active Directory Accounts and we can select that option at the time of installation and Domain account would
allow us to add user from sharepoint web interface as well. Is it ture, I am a bit confuse because there are 3rd Party Web Parts are available to sale which performs the same task so if it is built into sharepoint then why 3rd party tools are available for user management. Here is one
link to that tool.



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Chadd Hahn     Answered On: Jun 10

we are in the testing and evaluating the products,
so we can re-install sharepoint  portal server  or services, but after
selecting active  Directory account  Creation mode  for WSS, would we be
able to add  users directory  from the web  interface of sharepoint or do
we have to add user  first into active directory and then we have to
select that users  from web interface, b/c if user does not exist into
active directory sharepoint interface  does not add that user and give
error message.

What I read  from Microsoft site for User Account Mode:


User Account Mode

When you install Windows SharePoint Services, you must
choose which mode you want to use to allow users access to Windows
SharePoint Services sites. Windows SharePoint Services can work with two
modes: domain  account mode and Active Directory account creation mode.
Domain account mode is used inside organizations to grant access to
users that have existing Windows domain accounts. Active Directory
account creation mode can be used by Internet service providers to
create unique accounts  for customers using the Active Directory
directory service.

In domain account mode, you use existing domain user
accounts. If you choose Active Directory account creation mode, you are
choosing to have accounts automatically created in the Active Directory
organizational unit you specify. In either mode, you use the same
methods to manage  users of a site. You add them to the site by using
their existing domain or Active Directory accounts, and then assign them
to site groups to give them the rights they need to use the site.

The choice between user account modes is a one-time-only
choice because it affects how the configuration database for your server
or server farm is created. You cannot change user account modes after
creating the configuration database, and this step is one of the first
choices made during installation  when using Microsoft SQL Server. If
Windows Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (WMSDE) is used, the
account creation mode is set to domain account mode and cannot be

In a Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 domain, Windows
SharePoint Services can use Active Directory account creation mode. In a
Windows NT domain, the domain account mode is needed.

I did bold "You add them to the site by using their
existing domain or Active Directory accounts, and then assign them to
site groups to give them the rights they need to use the site." which
means in both mode we have to add them using their existing accounts
which means we have to create them first we have to access the server
and then add into active directory on server and then come back to the
sharepoint web interface and go to user manager interface and add them
to site.

Please, confirm what I write? I am confused here if we
reinstall everything and we won't get what we want then it is useless to
do all that. Also clear that, do we have to reinstall WSS only to change
that mode or do we have to reinstall both SPS and WSS?

Answer #2    Answered By: Cheryl Kelley     Answered On: Jun 10

When initially setting SharePoint up, there is
an option  to allow for the creation of users  on the Active Directory
using SharePoint. However, if you do not select  this method during the
installation, you will not be able to change your mind at a later point.

Answer #3    Answered By: Sharonda Mcfarland     Answered On: Jun 10

In ADCreation mode, WSS will create the accounts. It is a
single, web-based operation to add  accounts.

Answer #4    Answered By: Damon Garner     Answered On: Jun 10

While you are all on this topic, I'd be curious if anyone can tell me
why the /_layouts/1033/Password.aspx page fails unless SharePoint is
installed in Account Creation Mode. What bit  is it looking for?

I didn't find it in the database when I was looking into this well over
a year ago. But I never got back to it. While every SharePoint
installation has this page, it only works in this one setting. Is this
because there is some QueryString parameter that must be passed in that
I am just unaware of? Guesses welcome..

Answer #5    Answered By: Christop Mcfadden     Answered On: Jun 10

Another "feature" of the password.aspx page -- you need to be logged in to use it. If the user  has forgotten their password, then they cannot use this page to reset it.

I wrote an application to solve this! WSS Forgotten Password Reset