I have to restrict _layouts pages from SharePoint site for all users(except one group). Please suggest me the solution. I am using sharepoint 2013 on premises.


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I would recommend not to, since you will effectively restrict users from viewing Sitce Contents of the site, which is located here: http://SPSite/_layouts/15/viewlsts.aspx

But if you have to, add the groups you want to restrict to a new Policy for the web application, and deny "view application pages,..." which is explaind in detail in the article Preventing authenticated visitors from browsing system pages

  • as speaking of Site Contents: is there a way of disabling the "site contents" link to appear on the left side navigation bar?
    – Bucki
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 12:50
  • Thank you @BennySkogberg. I can restrict access to all users but, how to allow access to one group and user policy is not allowing sharepoint groups Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 13:05
  • @vinodkumar Try to grant access the same way with your special group. It should work even if they are in conflict. Otherwise you have to specify the users to two groups which have Deny Access and Grant Access respectively. Maybe you can filter this out in your Active Directory?
    – Benny Skogberg
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 13:09
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    @Benny easier said than done :) thanks, I might find the courage to try it out some-day.
    – Bucki
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 13:19

There is the ability to restrict access to most all capabilities in SharePoint using the Permission Levels.

You can strip out all of the permission to the Site and Lists to limit what your users can see.


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