Remember how difficult it was to find out what users had permissions to what list within a site in WSS 2.0 and WSS 3.0? Not anymore. SharePoint 2010 offers this neat feature where you can check the permissions throughout your site. All you have to do is type in the name of the person. SharePoint will verify their name in AD and then tell you where within the site the person has permissions, what level and what lists they have the permissions on. When not inheriting permissions from the parent site this can be a time saver. Below are the steps:
- Go to Site Settings.
- Click on Site Permissions under Users and Permissions.
- Click Check Permissions
- Enter the name or account of the person, seurity group or distribution list that you want to check
- Click Check Now.
- You can see where this person/distribution list/security group has permissions on your site and at what level. It will also show you what lists that entity has permissions to and what level. Another very cool feature to note is that it will check for a name within a distribution list and/or security group. For example, if you are trying to find out if Jim Smith has permissions to your site it will check for Jim Smith in any security group or distribution list that have been assigned to your site or a list within your site.
- The other great feature as it relates to security is the ability to see what content within your site is breaking inheritance. You can do this by clicking on the Show me uniquely secured content link.
- The screen you will be presented will show the lists and libraries on that site that are breaking inheritance. Unfortunately, it does not show you here what people or permissions are on this list. It is up to you to go to each of the libraries or lists and manage the permissions. None the less, a very helpful and needed feature.