Multiple SharePoint subsites with different access rights

Hello -

I am trying to set up a test/demo site of Sharepoint 2007.  I am running the free version on a Dell SC420 with Server 2003 Standard.  The goal is to build a working demo that people can then use to "kick the tires" and try it out.

I want to have a home site and them a subsite under the home site for each department.  So far so good.  Where I am getting stumped is setting up security so a given individual can only access the site(s) that thay have explicit permission to access.  So, for example, people assigned to the Marketing site should not be able to access the Executive site or the Engineering unless they have explicit permission.

I turned off inheritance from the Home site, but it did not seem to make a difference.  If I go to a given subsite and add a few people, they are populated to all the other subsites.  Would it make a difference if I created an OU or a group in AD and added people that way?

Also any recommendations for books, training materials, etc other than searching the Internet?   That would be for technical people like me as well as end users.  Turning on SharePoint is a good start, but I think people need some idea of what to do after they get to the home page.  Most people give a new web page less than a minute befoer moving on.   Why would SharePoint be any different without a guide?

Thanks in advance.

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Probably a silly question, but have you enabled anonymous access? If so, then users will not be authenticated, and they will be able to see all sites that allow anonymous access.

when you say you are adding a few people, what are you adding them to?

When I set up a site with unique permissions (non-inherited), I do the following:
From the parent site, choose Site Actions->Create
Click "Sites and Workspaces"
Enter details of the new site - Make sure you choose "Use Unique Permission"
Click Create
you will then be taken to a page where you can setup the groups - make sure you create a new group for each of the 3 groups - Site Visitors tends to default to "Use and existing group", and uses a group from the parent, which will mean that anyone in that group on the parent will also have read access to this site
Enter the members for each group (this can be users or AD security groups)

Hope this helps...

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Hi tjobling,

Have a look at these:

Hope it helps, please let me know.
tjoblingAuthor Commented:
Thank you, arduk and Sector5.
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