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External Users & Zones

Posted by Paul on June 20, 2014

While working with external users (customers, vendors) we might require a scenario like below:

  1. Internal users authenticate through Intranet
  2. External users authenticate through Internet


In such scenarios Zones are the right solution.

We can configure one zone for Intranet & another for Internet.


Click on the Authentication Providers button.  You can see the zones listed.


For adding new zone, choose the Extend button.


You will get the following screeen.


You can set the Host Header, Anonymous / Forms-based authentication information.


Once the new zone is configured, your web application will have 2 zones. One is accessible with Intranet – Windows Authentication & Other with Internet – Forms Authentication.

You can ask your external users (customers, vendors) to add/update content through the external link.


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