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How to enable Anonymous Access to a Site in SharePoint

Posted By:Jean Paul       Posted Date: August 31, 2014    Points: 200    Category: SharePoint    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

In this article we can explore the answers to following questions: How to enable Anonymous Access to a Site? Should we add All Users with Write Permissions? Is Central Administration required to allow Anonymous Users?
 

In this article we can explore the answers to following questions:
  1. How to enable Anonymous Access to a Site? 
  2. Should we add All Users with Write Permissions?
  3. Is Central Administration required to allow Anonymous Users?

I am trying to answer all these questions.  Please follow the steps to solve the problem.

Open Central Administration

Go to Manage web applications > Authentication Providers

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In the appearing zone dialog, click on the Default zone.  You will get the following dialog.image

Check the Enable anonymous access check box & click OK button.

Now, Go to Manage web applications > Anonymous Policy

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Make sure the Default zone policy is set to None as shown below.

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Open Site Collection

Now open your Site Collection > Site Permissions page

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You will be able to see a new Ribbon Button named Anonymous Access.  Click the button & in the appearing dialog, allow anonymous access to Entire Web site as shown below.

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Click Ok button to save changes.  Now your site is ready with Anonymous Access.

Testing Anonymous Access

Open a new browser instance & enter the URL of your site.  You should not be prompted for Login & Please note the page is rendered with Sign In link on the top-right corner.

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This confirms Anonymous Access is enabled.

One of my blog reader asked the question:

  1. How to enable Anonymous Access to a Site? 
  2. Should we add All Users with Write Permissions?
  3. Is Central Administration required to allow Anonymous Users?

I am trying to answer all these questions.  Please follow the steps to solve the problem.

Open Central Administration

Go to Manage web applications > Authentication Providers

image

In the appearing zone dialog, click on the Default zone.  You will get the following dialog.image

Check the Enable anonymous access check box & click OK button.

Now, Go to Manage web applications > Anonymous Policy

image

Make sure the Default zone policy is set to None as shown below.

image 

Open Site Collection

Now open your Site Collection > Site Permissions page

image

You will be able to see a new Ribbon Button named Anonymous Access.  Click the button & in the appearing dialog, allow anonymous access to Entire Web site as shown below.

image

Click Ok button to save changes.  Now your site is ready with Anonymous Access.

Testing Anonymous Access

Open a new browser instance & enter the URL of your site.  You should not be prompted for Login & Please note the page is rendered with Sign In link on the top-right corner.

image

This confirms Anonymous Access is enabled.


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