Oct 19
Configure IE and Firefox for SharePoint

Some Background
Have you ever used SharePoint 2007/2010 and received Repeated Prompts for Credentials when navigating to list and libraries using SharePoint.

The likely cause is that Internet Explorer must consider the requested URL (namespace) being processed to be on the intranet (local). If the namespace portion of the requested URL contains periods such as https://sp.aaa.aa.edu, then Internet Explorer assumes that the requested address exists on the Internet and does not pass any credentials automatically. Addresses without periods such as https://aaasharepoint/ are considered to be on the intranet (local); Internet Explorer passes credentials automatically.

To work around this behavior you can make manual changes to your IE and Firefox browsers using the following steps
Note* aa.edu is your namespace


Manually configure Internet Explorer with the following instructions that will allow you to seamlessly access site content.

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. At the top, locate the menu item Tools
  3. Click Tools -> Internet Options -> Security Tab
  4. In the graphical window near the top verify the Local Intranet globe is highlighted
  5. Select Sites -> Advanced (New Window Opens)
  6. Add *.aa.edu and *.aa.edu into the Add this website to the zone:
  7. Select Close twice
  8. Select OK twice
  9. You are now configured to access SharePoint sites without the need to provide credentials.
    This method does not save or store your passphrase on your computing device.
  10. Close All Internet Explorer Browser sessions before proceeding.
    The next time you open Internet Explorer you should now be able to click the Sign In link at the upper right corner of the internet site (Next to the blue question mark) and automatically sign you in.


The Mozilla Firefox 3.X browser is supported by SharePoint 

Use the following steps to configure Firefox 3.X to automatically Sign In:
This method does not save or store your passphrase on your computing device.

  1. Type about:config in the address bar of Firefox and hit Enter
  2. Do a Filter Search on ntlm and at least three entries should appear
  3. Right click on the network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris and choose Modify.  Enter the string value .aa.edu, .aa.edu into the prompt box and click OK - copy the highlighted portions of the text.


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