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As you may recall, you allowed anonymous access when you created the blogging web
application. Now it’s time to turn it on at the site collection level. Browse to your new web
application, and log in as the site administrator (my example uses http://spf2:8080, and the login
is dem0tek\shareadmin) to reach the top-level site. If you go to Site Permissions (under the Site
Actions menu), you will be taken back to the familiar Permissions page. On the ribbon you will
see a new option, Anonymous Access (Figure 10.59, top). Compare this to the Settings menu for
a site collection in a web application that does not permit anonymous access, such as the main,
Company Site on http://spf2 (Figure 10.59, bottom).
FIGURE 10.59
Site Permissions
on (top) a web
application that
allows anonymous
access; (bottom)
a web application
that does not allow
anonymous access
Go ahead and look at the Anonymous Access settings for the site collection. Click the button
in the ribbon to go to the Anonymous Access page (shown in Figure 10.60).
FIGURE 10.60
The Anonymous
Access page
You have three options for how you want this site collection (remember, this is at the site
collection level) to treat anonymous users. You can grant anonymous users access to the following:
Entire Web Site Anonymous users have access to the entire site collection (because this is
being applied at the top-level site). They can browse and read all pages, lists, and libraries.
My example grants this anonymous access level for the Personal Blogs top-level site. So, in
this demonstration, anyone can view the entire site collection without having to first provide
a username and password.
Lists and Libraries With this setting, anonymous access is available to be enabled per list
or library but is not set to allow access to any pages. You must manually edit the permissions
on whatever list or library you want to grant anonymous access. And even then anonymous
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