Problem: SharePoint AD group permissions are not working immediately!
In a SharePoint site where users are managed from AD security groups, newly added members to Active Directory security groups couldn't access SharePoint sites immediately. But the next day, they are able to login without any issues. Same way, users removed from a AD security group which is granted access to SharePoint sites, still able to access!
In SharePoint Web Applications configured to use Claims Based Authentication, When user hits SharePoint sites, SharePoint checks the security token store cache for the user's claims. If claims found in the cache, SharePoint uses it to authorize the user. If not, SharePoint queries for claims again from the AD.
Since, SharePoint has no clues on modified permissions on AD group, it periodically expires the claims token to sync with AD group permissions. By default, this sync happens once per 10 Hours!
Lets use PowerShell to set the token life time and expiration schedules:
Add-PSSnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue #Get Security Token Service Configuration $STSConfig = Get-SPSecurityTokenServiceConfig #Default value: 10 Hours $STSConfig.WindowsTokenLifetime = (New-TimeSpan -minutes 2) #Default value: 10 Minutes $STSConfig.LogonTokenCacheExpirationWindow = (New-TimeSpan -minutes 1) $STSConfig.Update() IISReset
SharePoint ad group new members gets access denied - permission problem in Classic Mode?
On classic mode authentication, This behavior is controlled by a property:token-timeout by default, its set to 24 hours! You can adjust it accordingly.
To check the current timeout value: stsadm -o getproperty -propertyname token-timeout
E.g. stsadm -o setproperty -pn token-timeout -pv 5
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