I am having big issues in adding users to a site collection to giving them access.

Let me describe to you my problem:

  1. I have created a site collection and can set the site collection administrators.
  2. To even allow the site administrators access I have to set Everyone in the User Policy in Managed Web Application. If I change this, everyone is not able to access the site. Why it is this way, I do not know.
  3. User Profile Synchronization Service is set to Active Directory Import and ALL Services are running. I have left User Properties to default and thus deliberately have not changed them
  4. Leaving access to Everyone through User Policy, I can then log on to the site. Going to site settings, and then to Site Permissions, searching for a user to add to the site, returns nothing. There are no users coming up.
  5. However, in Central Administration I can see ALL my users from Active Directory.

So, can someone please if they can answer me the following questions:

  1. How do I ensure that I can see any user imported into SharePoint 2013 are visible in any Site Collection?
  2. How do I ensure that a Site Collection Administrator set during Site Collection creation can get access without having to set User Policy to Everyone, or is this the way?


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My Suggestion for the first question

  • Turn on the search service application from the Central Administrator and create a Search page.
  • start a full import of AD users from user profiles an property section.
  • now go the the search page and try searching for a username that already exist in your AD account.

If the users you type exist in the search, that me he/she got access to the site

  • This only proves that I can see them in CA. My issue is that I cannot see them in the picker to add them via site permissions
    – Andy5
    Commented Feb 11, 2015 at 21:34

The problem was some where between syncing the users and web.config. I restarted everything by changing the syncing of users from Windows Authentication to FBA and made sure this works, and then created a new site using LDAP with FBA and it allowed me this time to set a site admin and login as a user.

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