---How to add External Clients (users) to our Extranet? RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Hi everybody,

    I am trying to give access to the extranet to external users (our company's clients)

    1. We've set up an extranet with claims-based authentication.

    2. Now what? How can I add external clients to this site? Is it done through Active Directory? If yes - how?

    Please help me if you have any ideas?

    Thank you.

    Thursday, July 7, 2011 9:09 PM

All replies

  • Claims can consume users from SQL, AD LDS/ADAM, and AD DS.  Keep in mind the licensing requirements, however.

    A) All servers involved in authentication of external users (users that are not employees of your company) require a Windows Server External Connector license ($2K/ea, or you can apply the license to a virtual server host and the license applies to all VM guests)

    B) A SharePoint CAL or SharePoint Internet Standard/Enterprise license

    Thursday, July 7, 2011 9:11 PM
  • But how can I tell AD that those users are external and not part of the company?
    Monday, July 11, 2011 8:22 PM
  • You don't, AD doesn't care (or care to know).  You could put a note in their account that they're a 3rd party, or change the display name to read something like "John Doe (Company)".  To AD, they're just like any other standard user account.  You create their AD account, then you add them to SharePoint, again just like any other user account.
    Monday, July 11, 2011 8:26 PM