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Enabling Anonymous Access on an Internet-Facing MOSS Portal

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If you are using the publishing features of SharePoint on an internet-facing portal, you probably need to enable anonymous access.

It’s a quick two-step process:


A. Edit Authentication Providers

  1. Go to Central Administration and then Application Management.
  2. Under SharePoint Web Application Management click Web application list.
  3. Select the web application on which you want to enable anonymous access.
  4. Under Application Security select Authentication providers.
  5. Click the zone you want edit (probably Default).
  6. Check the box Enable anonymous access and click Save:



B. Enable Anonymous Access at Site Collection Level

  1. Go back to your site and go to Site Settings – at site collection level.
  2. Under Users and Permissions click Advanced permissions.
  3. In the Settings drop-down menu select Anonymous Access.
  4. Click Entire Web site (or whatever applies to your setup) and click OK:



Remember, hardening your internet-facing MOSS installation is essential to shield your portal against intruders.

Written by Thomas Sondergaard

August 28, 2008 at 11:39 am

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  1. […] find that the new feature still hasn’t kicked in. Fear not, you simply need to deactivate and reactivate anonymous access on the […]

  2. Thank you! My day just got a little bit better. 🙂


    June 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

  3. Thanks for nice article and I also read your other articles , which is lots of good information .
    I will apprecaite if you can tell, is it possible to create a new web app and site collection and use that web app as internet facing site . instead of creating a web app first and then extend it to the other zone which will be internet. So lets say if we are licensed for internet sites only (no intranet) how can i creaet a site that can be used for anonymous via internet . Thanks in advance


    May 4, 2010 at 6:57 pm

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