Setting Anonymous User Policy On Applications In SharePoint 2013 Central Admin

In this article, we will see how to set up anonymous policies on web applications in SharePoint 2013 Central Admin. This configuration will help admins to map the zones and allow or deny access to all the anonymous users.

How to configure it?

Let’s open Central Admin of SharePoint on your machine. On your Windows desktop screen, click Start >> Administrative Tools >> SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

  • Run it as an administrator to have elevated privileges.
  • You will see the screenshot given below.

  • Central Admin is configured under the categories given below.
  • Click on "Application Management".
  • Go to Web Applications >> Manage web applications.
  • You will see the screen, given below.

  • Here, we can see various options to work with the web applications.
  • Let’s see all the sections of top ribbon from left to right.

We have four categories where the events have been categorized.

  1. Contribute
  2. Manage
  3. Security
  4. Policy

In this article, we will see “Anonymous Policy” under "Policy” category.

  • Web Part Security

    • Select the web application and click on "Anonymous Policy".
    • You will see the screen below.

  • Zone
    Select the zone in which you want to configure the Anonymous User policy.

  • Permissions
    After selecting the zone, you can choose what policy should be applied to the anonymous users.

    • None
    • Deny Write
    • Deny All

Once you click on OK, the configuration selected by you will be added by default in all the sites within the collection and all the anonymous users will be configured under their zones.

This is an important feature as the policy will be inherited by all the sites under the web applications.

In this article, we saw how to manage anonymous user policy on the web application. There are more features under managing the web applications which we will see in the next article.

Until then, keep reading and keep learning !!!