prevent a user from downloading items from my sharepoint site

Hey guys,

I just created a account for a user that is not part of my network but will be accessing the site from the outside. I do not want that account to have the ability to download or save documents from my intranet. I only want them to have strict read access... how can I do this?

I am using SharePoint 3.0
sbodnarAsked:
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
This thread is already referenced by other threads in EE. I strongly recommend it is not deleted.
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
Sounds very much like Information Rights Management to me, which I suspect would be overkill for your project.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/ha101541481033.aspx
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
is this my only option?
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
If they can view items they can save them unless there's something active with the file to stop that happening. IRM provides that. Am I understanding your problem correctly?
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
Yes I believe you are.

I have an outside user that will be accessing my network to view files but we cannot allow them to save or print these documents. That is what I am attempting to change and am stuck.

Is IRM the only option? If so how hard is it to implement?
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
I access my central administration console on my Sharepoint server and selected "use the derault RMS server specified in Acitve Directory" and the following error appears? How do I fix this?
 

The required Windows Rights Management client is present but could not be configured properly. IRM will not work until the WRM client is configured properly.
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
WOW!! This is a lot more complicated than I first thought....

There is no other way to achieve this??
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
The key things you've said to me are you want to allow a user to read material but to prevent that user saving or printing the material. In that case it's IRM.

I understand you originally asked the question in the hope there was a simple permissions setting available, but this problem about preventing saving and printing shifts the problem off the SharePoint server and onto a client machine. That's why this can't be solved with SharePoint alone.
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
I created a forwarder in my firewall to the intranet address and it works fine this way. the user is prompted for credentials and there in. But is there a way to have them only see one are of the intranet page on sharepoint? right now if I take there rights away from the main page even though its still on the page I need them to see they get an access denied error. How can I work around this?
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
If that works for you I'm very happy, though I have to say that sounds somewhat distant from my understanding of this.

If you have a permissions question, may I suggest you start another specific thread? It just let's the specialists focus on that particular topic.

Best.
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