Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting Login Prompt on Anonymous Access Enabled SharePoint Sites?

Problem: We Enabled anonymous access to a SharePoint 2013 and users still getting Login prompts!

Solution: Here is the check list for troubleshooting.

  1. Anonymous access must be turned on both in at Web Application level and at SharePoint site level. Double check your settings with How to Enable Anonymous Access in SharePoint 2013 
  2. On publishing sites, try disabling the feature "Limited-access user permission lockdown mode" at site collection level.
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  3.  If the default home page, say default.aspx page is not published & approved, users get login prompt!
  4. If any referenced resources like images, scripts, css files, etc from other libraries requires authentication - You'll get authentication prompt! E.g. You may have a css style sheet from the library "", which may not allow anonymous access! Check the permission for the specific library and grant anonymous users to "Read" the content.
  5. Navigate to the IIS Virtual directory on File system using Windows Explorer, Go to Security tab, make sure that "Everyone" has Read privileges. If not, Add it!
  6. In IIS, Expand your web application, Click on "Authentications", Make sure "Anonymous Authentication" is enabled.
    sharepoint anonymous access prompt for login
  7. In SharePoint 2013 Central Administration >> Application Management >> Manage Web applications, select the web application and Click on "Anonymous Policy". Make sure that "None – No Policy" is selected.
  8. If you enabled Anonymous access at list/library level: Delete unique permissions once, stop inheriting permissions and then grant anonymous access again.

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