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Give external users access to our Sharepoint knowledge Portal

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  • We have a windows 2008 R2 forest.

    I have no sharepoint knowledge. That's probably going to change in the comming mounths. Yesterday management decided that external users(clients) should get access to our knowledge portal, that is running on sharepoint. For now it's for 10 to 20 clients.

    But within mounths it could increase to 50 or 100 external users..

    What is the best/secure way to accomplish this?

    A new forest, a Read only domain controller in our domain?? Cloud??

    Thanx

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:07 AM

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  • Hello,

    Which version of sharepoint you have 2007/2010/2013?

    For your issue, you need to configure FBA (form based) authentication for your SP site. You may use ASP.net membership provider to save external user details in SQL and allow them to access your portal.

    To configure in SP 2010.

     http://blog.morg.nl/2011/08/step-by-step-forms-based-authentication-fba-on-sharepoint-2010/

    To configure in SP 2007:

    http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/19055/Form-Authentication-for-MOSS-2007-Site

    Hope it could help


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    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:04 PM
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  • aha..

    FBA looks good. So i don't have to create external users in my AD domain. Although it seems a nice feature, are there other things i need to consider. Do you have a link to an article with the pros and cons using this feature.

    We use Fine Grained Password policy in our AD enviroment. If i'm not mistaken SQL has a password policy option. Will this work with sharepoint.? IS RSA SecureID integration with FBA possible? Security is going to be the number one item on the list

    We use SP 2010. Maybe we will migrate to 2013. Next week we will discuss all the scenario's with a SP guru, how to set this up. I'm more the infrastructure guy.

    Thanx for the info

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:42 PM
  • >Do you have a link to an article with the pros and cons using this feature.

    There is no such pros and cons for FBA/Claim but you should plan for your site authentication before implementing this.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee794879%28v=office.14%29.aspx

    >If i'm not mistaken SQL has a password policy option. Will this work with sharepoint

    Yes, SQl password policy works with sharepoint. If you look at my first link then you will see how you can integrate SQL membership with sharepoint.

    Hope it could help



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    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 5:33 AM
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