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?
  • This is through Central Administration
    – Andy5
    Feb 11, 2015 at 15:31

2 Answers 2


Indeed this is not a programming question.

It might be useful to enable verbose level SharePoint ULS in central admin and see what authentication error or relevant info it catches when a AD user attempts to access the site you referred.

  • This is not the issue. The problem is that I cannot ADD users to the site in order for them to access the site in the first place
    – Andy5
    Feb 11, 2015 at 19:43

Be aware that there is no dependency between the UPS and security. You do not need a sync before you can add users.

What happens when you can't access? Do you get a 401 or a SharePoint message to say you don't have access?

I assume you have a farm account? Can it access the site collections after you have created them? Can you access the web objects via powershell? If so Can you test this:

$web = Get-SpWeb http://spsite

Does the above throw an exception or return a userlogin and displayname?

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