Inheriting something is a mixed pleasure.
You can become the proud owner of your uncle’s lovely old-timer, or be able to wear your grandmother’s diamond necklace and matching earrings at grand events, but you generally receive those treasures only after a dear one has passed away.
But you can also inherit debts, a house with an expensive mortgage, a nephew or other “things” that you have never wanted.
Inheriting permissions in SharePoint can also be a curse rather than a blessing.
“I have suddenly lost access” has been the title of many recent incidents. No need to blame this on Microsoft, SharePoint or the support team, because in 99% of cases this is a human error:
- The Site Owner accidentally removed their own permissions while cleaning up a document library’s or site’s permissions. The support team can easily fix this.
- The Site Owner accidentally inherits the permissions from the parent site. That is pretty serious and has happened alarmingly often!
I have already mentioned in many of our instruction materials: “if you see “this web site has unique permissions” in the yellow bar, DO NOT CLICK “Delete unique permissions” as you will
- Inherit the permissions from the parent site
- Lock yourself out of your site if you have insufficient permissions on the parent site
- Remove all unique permissions in your site (and there is no “undo” or “restore” option)
The warning message appears not to be informative enough to keep people from proceeding.
Recently I have guided a few people through “permissions stuff” via screenshare and I notice that they always want to click ‘Delete unique permissions” when they want to remove users. In several cases these users were individuals who were not in a group and therefore were seen as having unique permissions.
On those occasions I have been just in time to guide their mouse pointers to the right button: “Remove User Permissions”.
This has now happened so often, with such serious consequences, that I have added a suggestion to Microsoft SharePoint Uservoice to rename “Delete Unique Permissions” into “Inherit permissions from parent” as this is probably easier to understand for the user than the current wording. If you agree, please support my request. (Happy to return the favour, of course)
You know, like in SharePoint 2007:
And if you have taken any measures that successfully prevent this accidental inheritance, please share!
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