I have setup a Sharepoint Foundations 2010 server on a fresh install of Windows Server 2012R2 in a VM so I could mess around with Sharepoint, though I'm stuck on what I consider to be a pretty basic feature: Anonymous Access.

Every guide that I've found says the same thing, which I'll briefly reiterate:

  • Go to Central administration > Manage web applications, select the 'Sharepoint - 80' row, click 'Authentication Providers', click 'Default', check off 'Enable anonymous access' and click save.
  • Click 'Anonymous Policy', select 'None' for 'Anonymous Policy' and click save.

  • Site Actions > Site Settings > Site Permissions and click the 'Anonymous Access' button.

Though I don't have a button for that, which according to what I've read means I haven't checked the 'Enable anonymous access' despite it being enabled. If I go to /_layouts/setanon.aspx, the options are all grayed out.

Any suggestions?

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    What happens if you try with Server 2012, as SharePoint 2013 does not support Server 2012 R2.
    – user6024
    Commented Jan 20, 2014 at 4:09
  • did you say you select "None"..Click 'Anonymous Policy', select 'None' for 'Anonymous User Policy' and click save." you should select from 1st and 2nd options.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Jan 20, 2014 at 4:38
  • Sorry, I meant to say the "Anonymous Policy" button. Everything else that I've tried works, so unless I really have to, I won't be downgrading to 2008 or something.
    – Ben
    Commented Jan 20, 2014 at 13:51

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If you want to enable anonymous access like your above steps. You must create a new web application with the option "Allow Anonymous" is yes. Once the web application is created. You can configure the anonymous access by your steps in above.

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  • Thanks, that worked. I didn't get the Anonymous Access button, though once I went to /_layouts/setanon.aspx again, the options weren't grayed out and I was able to make the changes.
    – Ben
    Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 15:28

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