Manage permissions for a Web application (SharePoint Foundation 2010)


Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2010

A Web application is composed of an Internet Information Services (IIS) Web site that acts as a logical unit for the site collections that you create. Before you can create a site collection, you must create a Web application.

All Web applications have List, Site, and Personal permissions. Permissions for a Web application are comprehensive settings that apply to all users and groups for all site collections within a Web application. You can control user actions by enabling or disabling the associated permission on the Web application. For example, if you do not want users to be able to add pages to a Web site, you can disable the Add and Customize Pages permission that is one of the site-related permissions. For more information, see User permissions and permission levels (SharePoint Foundation 2010).


After you disable a specific permission for a Web application, the permission cannot be granted to any user of a site on the Web application.

If you want to set permissions for specific users or groups in a Web application, you can create a permission policy for the Web application. For more information, see Manage permission policies for a Web application (SharePoint Foundation 2010).

Manage permissions for a Web application

You can configure a set of permissions to control the way users can interact with the sites and content within a Web application.

To manage permissions for a Web application

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • You must be a member of the Farm Administrators group on the computer that is running the SharePoint Central Administration Web site.
  2. On the Central Administration Web site, in the Application Management section, click Manage web applications.

  3. On the Web Applications tab of the ribbon, click the Web application for which you want to manage permissions.

  4. In the Security group of the ribbon, click User Permissions.

  5. In the User Permissions for Web Application dialog box, select the check boxes next to the permissions that you want to enable, and clear the check boxes next to those permissions that you want to disable.

    You can select all permissions by selecting the Select All check box. You can clear all permissions by clearing the Select All check box.

  6. Click Save.

See Also

Other Resources

Resource Center: Security and Authentication for SharePoint Foundation 2010