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Sharepoint 2010 - Assign read permission for top level site and sub sites after they stop inheriting permissions

Would like to enable read or contribute access to a top level site and for all sub sites after the sub sites have stop inheriting permissions from the top level site.
Dont want the user to have the site collection admin rights.
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Jamie McAllister MVPArchitectCommented:
Add "All Authenticated Users" into the read permissions. Assuming I understand your question correctly.
Rainer JeschorCommented:
that depends. If the reader and contributor groups (member) have not been removed after breaking the permission inheritance, then it is as simple as adding the user to this groups at top site level, because breaking inheritance will not create dedicated site groups.
If groups have been removed then adding user in the top site group will not be propagated to the sub site levels.
It depends on what you want to achive. Perhaps it would be better to create two new groups (one reader, one contributor) and add them to the whole site structure via a PowerShell script.

jwelch328Author Commented:
The "All Authenticated Users" is not an options. The clarify the sub sites are not managing security for the site by someone in that department.
jwelch328Author Commented:
The default Vistor, Member, Owner, groups are not being used.
A solution to the problem is to assign someone as a Site Collection Admin. When doing this they will have access Top/Down even if their account is not listed as having secuirty access.

The task is to get the same results but not give them full admin prevlidges.

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