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From Karl Wright <>
Subject Re: Sharepoint users and grops as authority
Date Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:13:36 GMT
It is still not clear to me that what they call a "SharePoint" user or
group isn't in fact just a special kind of AD entity.  The real
question is whether access tokens for that user or group can be
obtained from AD or not.

Here are some questions to think about:

- how do you authenticate a "SharePoint" user?  If the user can be
authenticated through any other means than the SharePoint UI, then
such a user has existence outside of SharePoint itself.
- what do access tokens look like for a "SharePoint" user?  Are they
SIDs, or something else?
- is there any API for obtaining the access tokens specifically for a
"SharePoint" user or group?


On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 5:40 AM, Johan Persson <> wrote:
> I know quite little about complex SH-installations but as we've got it
> explained there is apparently a Sharepoint-internal set of goups and users.
> Se this for example:
> More info here:
> I'll try to dig into how they might be implemented and see if I could build
> a connector towards those as well. I guess though that the architecture
> would set some limitations here since I can not connect two competing
> Authorities to one SH-connector.
> / Johan
> 2012/10/23 Karl Wright <>
>> Hi Johan,
>> As far as I know, there are no SharePoint users and groups that exist
>> outside of Active Directory.  All users and groups within Active
>> Directory can be handled by the AD authority, even if they are
>> dedicated solely to SharePoint.
>> Karl
>> On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM, Johan Persson <>
>> wrote:
>> > Hi!
>> >
>> > I scrolled the previous post regarding sharepoint and auth. but found
>> > nothing.
>> > Is it possible to read the authority info from sharepoint users and
>> > groups.
>> > We have a environment that mixes AD and sharepoint authority.
>> >
>> > Best regards
>> > /J

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