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Planning SharePoint Permissions Worksheet

Download the SharePoint Permissions Planning Worksheet here

I was going to write a blog about what I considered best practices around SharePoint security but Jasper Oostervald – https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/SharePoint-Permissions-Part-1.aspx in his 2 part blog pretty much covered exactly what I wanted to say and more.

So instead of rewriting what he said I hope to add something by providing a worksheet that I have been working on. It’s really in Alpha so if anyone can improve on it and share what they have done that would be great.

In case you are unaware, Microsoft provides planning worksheets here – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262451.aspx

In my opinion most of them complicate things by having columns that most of our projects don’t really use.

I am hoping my one is simpler and more useful.

This worksheet has 4 tabs and instructions and tips.

 

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Start by looking at the “Sites” tab.

Here you add your sites and the permissions of those sites.

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You may need to go to the Groups tab to add your new groups that you will need.

The “Content” tab is very similar to the “Sites” tab but is for assigning permission to the libraries and lists in your site.

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If your dropdowns stop working you may need to reset them by following these instructions – http://spreadsheets.about.com/od/datamanagementinexcel/qt/20071113_drpdwn.htm.

 

I would love to get some feedback to see if this worksheet is of use to anyone or even better if someone with actual Excel skills can improve it, that would be great!

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Understanding Claims in SharePoint 2010

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howto  At the Microsoft SharePoint 2011 Conference in Anaheim, California back in October, there were several hot topics presented throughout the week. Among these were several sessions on claims and using claims in SharePoint 2010 for interesting security-related scenarios like authentication.  This topic is particularly important in the identity management space right now.

For those who are just starting to learn about claims, this article will look at the basics and give you a foundation for the concept of claims, and how they can be used in various business and data governance scenarios …

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Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 Products is Now Available for Download

Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 Products is Now Available for Download

Service Pack 1 includes stability, performance, and security enhancements that are a direct result of your feedback.

IMPORTANT NOTE

It is strongly recommended to install the June 2011 Cumulative Update immediately after the installation of Service Pack 1. The June Cumulative Update includes several important security and bug fixes that are not included Service Pack 1.

Installing Service Pack 1

Prior to installing Service Pack 1 you should carefully read the known issues and release notes at

 

 

 

Service Pack 1 includes all fixes released through April 2011 so it can be installed directly to RTM builds of SharePoint 2010 Products, or any prior Cumulative Update.

Install the service packs in the following order on every server in the farm.

1. Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Foundation 2010

2. Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack (if applicable)

3. Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2010

4. Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2010 Language Pack (if applicable)

The SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard or "psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b -wait” should be run once on every server in the farm following the final update installed.

The version of content databases will be 14.0.6029.1000 after successfully installation. For more in-depth guidance for the update process, we recommend reviewing the following articles. These articles provide a correct way to deploy updates and identify known issues (and resolutions).

Prepare to deploy a software update for SharePoint Foundation 2010

Install a software update for SharePoint Foundation 2010

Prepare to deploy a software update for SharePoint Server 2010

Install a software update for SharePoint Server 2010

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I install Service Pack 1 on RTM builds of SharePoint 2010 Products?

A: Yes, Service Pack 1 can be installed directly on RTM builds; however, we suggest you install Service Pack 1 then apply the June 2011 Cumulative Update.

Q: Do I need to run psconfig after the install of every package?

A: No, apply all of the available packages then run psconfig – the database will only be updated once, to the newest version.

Q: Do I need to run psconfig on every machine in the farm?

A: Yes. Although database is already updated, the binaries on each server need to be set and permissioned using psconfig.

Q: Will there be a slipstream build including Service Pack 1 available for download?

A: At this time a slipstream build including Service Pack 1 is not available.

 

Additional Resources

To learn about what’s new in Service Pack 1 read the Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 whitepaper.

Learn more about installing updates for SharePoint 2010 at the Updates for SharePoint 2010 Products Resource Center

For a description of new functionality in Service Pack 1 see the Service Pack for SharePoint 2010 Coming Soon… blog post on the SharePoint Team Blog.

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Understanding SharePoint 2010 Claims Based Security

Learn real world tips for configuring SharePoint claims based security from Altaf Gilani and Mark Massad. In this episode, we discuss how to implement claims based security in SharePoint, including lessons learned and general guidance. Altaf and Mark also give some valuable instrumentation and debugging tips that can save you hours of time. They also discuss implementing claims augmentation to add additional custom claims.

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SharePoint = Job Security

Just in case you didn’t get the memo SharePoint is the fastest selling server product in the history of Microsoft according to BillG. (doesn’t that also make it the fastest selling server product, period?)
In a blog conversation I had with the honorable Cliff Reeves he noted a very interesting site: http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/sharepoint%20server%202007.do It’s all UK focused, but the data surely reflects a global trend. SharePoint is hot and people who know SharePoint are hotter. A quick search of any of the major US based job sites would tell you SharePoint is high demand and the pay is very good. I’m confident this microcosm of hotness will fair well in a possibly existing or pending economic downturn.
In my dealings with customers and partners one thing is clear. There’s not enough SharePoint people to go around. Especially here at Microsoft. Sometimes warm-bodies are good enough especially if they can mumble share and point together in a sentence. The bottom line, if you are in a unappreciated technical field and looking for a more rewarding career consider SharePoint. If you are looking to ramp up on SharePoint quickly there are some good partner and Microsoft training resources. You can find a list of Microsoft training resources here and you can search for SharePoint and Training and get a pretty good list of partner opportunities. If you are completely new to SharePoint I would highly recommend you get some information worker focused training under your belt before diving into administration or development. This will go a long a way towards ensuring a well-rounded SharePoint skill-set….(read more)
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Testimony of Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief FOIA Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Before the United …

Testimony of Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief FOIA Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on “Why Isn’t The Department of Homeland Security Meeting The President’s Standard on FOIA?”
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Source: Department of Homeland Security
Date Published: 31st March 11

Microsoft to raise license price, add software rights

Microsoft is boosting the price of a license that provides client access to Windows Server, SharePoint, Exchange and Systems Center, but is sweetening the deal by giving buyers access to a new endpoint security product and the new Lync unified
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Source: InfoWorld
Date Published: 30th March 11

Microsoft to raise license price, add software rights

Network World – Microsoft is boosting the price of a license that provides client access to Windows Server, SharePoint, Exchange and Systems Center, but is sweetening the deal by giving buyers access to a new endpoint security product and the new Lync unified communications software.
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Source: Computerworld
Date Published: 30th March 11

Microsoft to increase cost of client licence

New CAL will feature additional security and Lync software Microsoft is boosting the price of a licence that provides client access to Windows Server, SharePoint, Exchange and Systems Centre, but is sweetening the deal by giving buyers access to a new endpoint security product and the new Lync unified communications software.
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Source: TechWorld
Date Published: 31st March 11