Use Case: Cleaning Up Orphaned Domain Users in SharePoint
A common SharePoint use case: Your SharePoint team is tasked with finding all of the users who have been disabled or removed from Active Directory, but that still have permissions to sites, lists, and items throughout your farm. This is a great audit activity, both to keep your farm clean and organized, and is also a good best practice before any migration. However, this task is very manual with SharePoint out-of-the-box, and will take countless hours to check each site, list, and item, and the groups in each of those objects. It’s an extremely common problem that people have had to live with throughout each version of SharePoint.
With ControlPoint, you can find all of your orphaned domain users – and even reassign their permissions, as needed. In one quick operation, you can clean up your farm and have new users up and running:
Step one: Find orphaned domain users using an out-of-the-box ControlPoint report.
Step two: Expand any user in the report to see where they have existing permissions.
Step three: Click on any user to delete and reassign that user’s permissions across any scope of your farm or farms. In this example, I clicked on Harold Potter. ControlPoint opened up a new tab and navigated me to the correct screen to delete his permissions.
In addition, you can delete the user as a Site Collection Administrator, remove all alerts assigned to him, delete his My Site, and backup his permissions. The biggest time saver will be the ability to reassign all of Harold Potter’s permissions, site-by-site or globally, to his replacement. For more information on this award-winning platform, you can find the datasheet here, or sign up for a live webinar here.
Guest author Steve Goldberg (@iamgoldberg) is a Sales Engineer
in Axceler's Los Angeles Office.