Managing Permissions to Communication Sites

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From my limited knowledge, one of the new features of communication sites is that the target audience is much larger (i.e. whole corporation) than a Team Site. Is that right?

 

Can you still set varing permissions (edit or view) to different people/groups/teams within a communications site? I'm looking for a solution that allows us to restrict access, but that will be accessed accross multiple different groups of teams/employees, per se. (i.e. I don't need a Group, Planner, OneDrive...etc.). Can you comment on if Communication Sites the right fit for my needs?

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Hi, it was already confirmed that commsites are not connected to Groups, so there won't be any additional services (exchange, planner, ...) provisioned. It's a SharePoint-only thing :)
Permission you will very likely be able to do whatever you have done before with SharePoint.
The starting permissions will probably be "everyone except external" in the default READ permission group. The Site-Owner in the FULL ACCESS group, and the members group will probably be empty. That would be my guess.
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Hi

With the communication sites rolled out, I just wanted to clarify something.

 

When creating a ComSite the SP-Permissions-Groups SiteName Members, Owners, and Visitors are available. However, the default values are empty and no one can access the site. Basically, only the ComSite creator has access to that site.

 

If we create several SP-Groups instead of using the default groups mentioned above, the permissions won't work. For example I created 3 SP-Groups called SP_ComSite#READ (read), WRITE (contribute), and ADMIN (full access). When I invite users into the custom SP-Groups, they won't have access to the site. The only thing which works is to use the default SP-Groups and rename them.  

 

Is that intended by design or just a bug? How would we be able to create custom SP-Permission-Groups in Communication Sites?

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I just did the same due to a specific business requirement and this is working as intended I believe.
You’re missing the read permission on the SitePages library for those newly created groups. You’ll have to break the inheritance for this library if you haven’t given the new groups full site read/write permissions berforehand.
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I see... Thanks a lot.

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Quick Edit: Sorry a small error on my side. Site Permission with at least View Only are of course needed to open the site at the very least.
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We have an existing Sharepoint access group called "All Employees". We are unable to grant permissions to that group from a new communications site. We are unable to add that access group to the defined access groups for the Communications site. In both cases, the access group "All Employees" does not show up as an option to select.

Is there some reason this would not work? I don't want to create a second group of All Employees.

Thanks,
Rob.
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Hi,

 

Is there a way to give access to someone at the site level, and then restrict read access to certain pages?

If there are 10 pages in the site, I want 8 to be visible to a user, and 2 should not be visible.

 

I could individually go to the 8 pages and give the user access, or I could give the user access to the site as a whole and then remove them from the two sensitive pages.

 

How could the second approach be done?

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Hi @pranav2407

 

Same happens here with the Sharepoint site I'm creating. I want to restrict some areas just for certain groups to see. Did you find out already how to solve it?

 

Many thanks, 

 

Arnau

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@pranav2407 

 

Just bumping this again... I'm trying to do the same thing with my company's comm site but haven't had luck with Support calls