Sharepoint security access: Anonymous versus Windows Autthenticati

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Makor, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Makor

    Makor Guest

    I am trying to use our SBS 2003 Sharepoint site for team collaboration.
    However, when team members access the site from external locations through
    http://<domain>:444 then everything works fine except for being able to work
    with documents. Every time we open or create a new Word or Excel file - the
    system keeps asking for us to log in with our credentials again. This is each
    and every document we want to open!!!

    How do we change IIS security settings such that users would still be
    required to log in to get access to the site - but would not need to
    authenticate for each and every time the open a document?
    Makor, Aug 19, 2005
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  2. Hello Makor,

    Thank you for posting to the SBS Newsgroup.

    I understand that when your clients brows to http://FQDN:444 externally,
    they need to enter their user account and password to open or edit Word or
    Excel. If I have misunderstood your concern, please let me know.

    I have performed testing on my testing machine, and I found this is an
    expected behavior. Please see my following explanation:

    For example, it is the companyweb you are browsing.

    a. On the server, open Internet Information Services\Yourdomain (local
    computer)\Web Sites\companyweb.

    b. Right click companyweb, select Properties, Directory Security tab. Click
    first Edit under Authentication and access control.

    c. In the Authentication Method window, you can see by default the box
    Enable anonymous access is being checked.

    d. Open http://companyweb, go to Site Settings -> Go to Site Administration
    -> Manage anonymous access.

    e. Here you can see you can configure anonymous users to access what parts
    of your web site.

    f. The reason that users need to fill in their accounts is they access the
    web site as anonymous account (step c) which is the basic account. This
    account does not need any permission to access.

    I also performed a lot of testing and I found there is no native way to
    keeps users to be required to log in user name and password to access web
    site, while open and edit documents without authentication.

    Hope this information answers your question. I am appreciated your time and
    understanding! If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel
    free to let me know. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

    Best regards,

    Brandy Nee

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    Brandy Nee [MSFT], Aug 23, 2005
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