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I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to figure out exactly what I can and can’t do with FBA in SharePoint and thought I’d write a quick blog about my experiences. It turns out there are a couple of hurdles you’ll have to overcome that at first  might not be obvious.

Setting Up FBA in SharePoint

First of all you need to set up your SharePoint Environment to use FBA.  There are several decent blogs and articles out there about this, so rather than reinvent the wheel here are a couple to choose from:



I also discovered that it was important to properly set “applicationName” when I played around and broke FBA.  This article explains it fairly well:


SharePoint FBA Limitations

By no means is this an exhaustive list, just a couple of things I’ve run across using FBA.  I will definitely try to keep this list updated as I find more issues.


1. What Microsoft is willing to Share.  :)

In one of the aforementioned links there is a nice list of FBA limitations… errr… differences when compared to Windows Authentication:


2. FBA Role Limitations

It is possible to add an FBA Role to a SharePoint Group and users in that FBA Role will be able to access the appropriate content of your site.  However, if you use the same SharePoint Group as an Audience Setting in a Web Part it will NOT work properly for FBA users of that Role even though the Role is added to the SharePoint Group.  It will work if you individually add the FBA user to the SharePoint Group though.

One work around I found was a project to write your on Content Editor Web Parts which recognized FBA Roles:


Hope there was something helpful here.  Hey... I never said I knew ALOT about FBA in SharePoint.  :)

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 8:46 AM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Everything I know about SharePoint FBA

# re: Everything I know about SharePoint FBA
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Ouch. Asking users to login to download a document? that's insane!
Left by lOve_moss_not on Oct 05, 2009 3:49 PM

# re: Everything I know about SharePoint FBA
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Yeah, do you know a way to fix that?? I found this but couldn't make it work... :(
Left by Ivan on Jan 08, 2010 4:56 PM

# How to Configure with our own database with out using Membership provider
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I am planning to configure FBA to my own database, i don't want user membership provider,

i searched few sites , All Share point configured to aspnetsqlmembershipprovider.

Can you please resolve the issue as ASP?
Left by Prasad on May 17, 2010 6:36 AM

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