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Summary: This article explains how SharePoint server administrators can manage permissions in SharePoint, including breaking permission inheritance, assigning unique permissions, and editing permissions. It also mentions an automated migration tool for SharePoint.

A SharePoint server administrator’s primary objective is to ensure the security of data while facilitating accessibility for site visitors, users, and owners to promote productive collaboration and information sharing. Depending on specific priorities and requirements, various roles or permissions such as Full Control, Read, Design, Edit, Contribute, and more can be allocated. These permissions function precisely as their names imply. Therefore, let’s first grasp the fundamental concept before delving into the process of tailoring, modifying, and establishing permissions within SharePoint.

About Default SharePoint Permissions

  • A SharePoint site inherits permissions from the Site Collection’s root site.
  • A subsite inherits permissions from its parent site.
  • Documents, folders, and lists inherit permissions from their site.

Permission inheritance in SharePoint is automatically disrupted when an individual item, such as a document, is shared. However, once you break the inheritance and modify permissions within SharePoint, the shared item will no longer inherit permissions from its parent item. Subsequent sections will delve into the process of breaking permission inheritance, assigning unique permissions, and editing them.

How to remove permission inheritance in SharePoint Online?

To modify permissions within SharePoint or allocate tailored, distinct permissions to a list library or survey, the initial step entails breaking the inheritance of permissions. To discontinue permission inheritance within SharePoint, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Open your SharePoint Online and then select any item from the Document category.
  2. Now go to the Settings icon from the right-most pane and select the Library Settings option.
  3. Then, under the Permissions and Management section, select the Permissions for this document library option.
  4. Now, within the PERMISSIONS tab, click the Stop Inheriting Permissions option.Stop Inheriting Permissions option
  5. A message will inform that creating unique permissions will not affect this documents library. Click OK to continue.creating unique permissions
  6. So, in this way, you can remove the permission inheritance. Now, you can create unique permissions for this document library.

Read Also: SharePoint Permissions: Set & remove permissions in SharePoint

How to assign unique permissions in SharePoint Online?

As you have broken the permission inheritance in the previous section, it’s time to assign or grant unique permissions to the users. Let’s understand the steps to do so:

  1. Perform similar steps as shown in the above section from step 1 to step 3 to reach the PERMISSIONS tab.
  2. Now, click the option Grant Permissions under it.Grant Permissions
  3. A dialogue box titled “Share ‘Documents’ and its contents” will appear. Within this dialog, you can include the desired individuals or groups in the “Invite people” section. If necessary, you can also include a personalized message. Additionally, you have the option to select a checkbox if you wish to share all contents within the folder, including items with unique permissions. Then click the Share Share option
  4. You will get a notification as:get a notification
  5. In this way, you can assign unique permissions to the desired users or groups. Next, we will learn how to edit or change permissions in SharePoint.
How to change permissions in SharePoint Online?

To edit the permission levels, inheritance must be broken, and that we have learned already. So, to edit permission levels, perform the steps below in sequence:

  1. Again, repeat the steps from Step 1 to Step 3 in the first section to reach the PERMISSIONS tab.
  2. Select any user or group and click Edit User Permissions.Edit User Permissions
  3. Now, under the Permissions section, select the permissions you want to assign and click the permissions
  4. Hence, you have changed the permissions for the selected user.

Note: It’s also easy to remove the assigned user permissions in SharePoint. Select the user and click the Remove User Permissions option under the PERMISSIONS tab.
Remove User Permissions
Note – To remove the custom permissions set by you and restore the inheritance, just click the Delete unique permissions option under the PERMISSIONS tab.
restore the inheritance again
Finally, a dialogue box will pop up asking you for confirmation. Click OK to confirm, and the broken inheritance is restored again.
 Click OK to confirm
Therefore, the aforementioned tasks represent significant responsibilities related to permission management within SharePoint. As a secure and efficient platform for online data storage, SharePoint enjoys a substantial user base. Occasionally, users may need to transition from older SharePoint versions (2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, or SharePoint Online within Office 365) to more recent iterations. To assist these users, we provide a proficient SharePoint Migration tool equipped with multiple migration choices for a seamless transition to SharePoint.

An Automated Tool to Migrate to SharePoint

The Kernel Migrator for SharePoint tool facilitates seamless migration between various SharePoint versions, as well as from the File system to SharePoint, OneDrive, or Google Drive, and from Exchange/Office 365 public folders to SharePoint. This versatile tool enables users to migrate SharePoint permissions effortlessly. With its intuitive user interface, users can conduct data migrations with ease, ensuring data integrity throughout the process. Additionally, it supports the migration of versioning for SharePoint Server documents. For a comprehensive understanding of this software, you can access its free demo version.

Final Words

SharePoint Server provides numerous benefits, including tutorials on altering permissions within SharePoint and utilizing the capability to assign distinctive permissions to specific items. Furthermore, we’ve introduced a dependable tool designed to address users’ migration requirements, enabling you to seamlessly migrate data in bulk to SharePoint.

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