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.