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February 2011

Enhancing SharePoint 2010 security through permissions management

To securely manage and maintain the content residing in your SharePoint sites, you have to invest some time into designing an effective security hierarchy. It’s all about ensuring that users can view only the content they have been granted access to. SharePoint gives systems administrators the necessary security methodology to implement both broad and fine-grained permissions. And, happily, security in SharePoint 2010 is managed similarly to how it’s done in SharePoint 2007. Let’s begin by analyzing the security hierarchy provided in SharePoint 2010. Farm administrators: At the top of the hierarchy are the SharePoint farm administrators. They are in charge of managing and maintaining the SharePoint farm and its servers, including new server installations as the farm grows. To manage farm administrators, launch Central Administration, then do the following: Navigate to Security/Manage the Farm Administrator Group. Click on New/Add Users. Under Select Users, browse for either users or groups to add as farm administrators. Click OK...

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