SharePoint User Policy and Domain Groups


Scenario:

You have to operate a SharePoint web application and you would like to delegate Full Control permissions to your operating team.

You create a new security group in your domain (let’s say “SharePoint Operators”) and you want to let this group operate as SharePoint\system.

You create a new user policy and add your “SharePoint Operators” domain group as user, set Full Control and “Account operates as System”

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The you get the following error:

Only user accounts belonging to the "All" zone can be designated as System.

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This error is misleading here, it want’s to tell you: This does not work with domain security groups, only with single domain users. So you have to add every user of your domain group “SharePoint Operators” separately.

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This will work but creates a separate policy for every single user you add here.

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