This is a repost from here: https://serverfault.com/questions/380590/sharepoint-2010-not-seeing-active-directory-users Not sure how to migrate questions.

I'm pretty new to Active Directory and SharePoint but I was given to understand they are supposed to play well together.

Now I have successfully set up AD with multiple user accounts that work on any member computer. I have also successfully installed SharePoint 2010 Server on an AD machine. Both the AD server and SharePoint servers are on separate machines (VMs running on ESXi to be precise).

I can only log on with user accounts I create on the local server. Furthermore the user browser thing for adding users will only see local users.

I've followed the advice here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262350.aspx#section2 for Classic authentication and also NTLM claims based authentication but to no avail.

Is there something fundamental I am getting wrong here? I'd be really thankful for any help you can lend me; I've been googling and scratching my head for a couple of days now.


  • What kind of accounts are the service accounts? If local then they may not have permission to see the AD accounts. Have any AD users been granted access to SharePoint? – Per Jakobsen Apr 18 '12 at 15:53
  • I'm not sure about the services. I installed it as an AC administrator. I was thinking the AC users would be able to log in at the base level anyway. Would I need to add something like "NT AUTHORITY\authenticated users" to grant them permission? – Pyro Apr 19 '12 at 8:41

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