I'm relatively new to SP2010 and wondered about a few Active Directory permission things:

  • Is it possible to limit access to lists and pages to a specific AD group?
  • We have a helpdesk area that will assist departments with their SharePoint sites, some which are hidden from most users. Can the helpdesk users still have access to these sites?

Sorry for the noob questions. Thanks.

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Even if you don't want to plan ahead, you can apply this after the fact using Web Application policies. You can basically give an account or set of accounts permissions that apply across all site collections in a web application (e.g. full control, read, but not edit, everything, etc)

  • You're welcome. I've found these policies helpful in the past for help desk scenarios, as well as things like an audit/legal group.
    – Sam Yates
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 22:22

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