12/22/2011

SharePoint Online: Best Practices for Using the Share Site Feature

Microsoft added the ability to invite external users (via a Microsoft Live ID) to your SharePoint Online environment.

However, you should be cautious when using this feature. Sharing any site within a Site Collection enables the external user to see everything in that Site Collection, not just the sub-site you think you're sharing.

Microsoft recommends creating a new Site Collection and sharing that with External Users if you don't want them seeing internal information.

To create a new Site Collection in SharePoint Online:


  • Then select Manage site collections on the next page. From here you will be taken to the administration center:



  • Select the New dropdown, the Private Site Collection.
  • Once this site collection is created, it can be shared using the Site Actions menu.
Always keep network security in the forefront of your mind when making any external connections.

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