Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users


This security setting determines what additional permissions are granted for anonymous connections to the computer.

Windows allows anonymous users to perform certain activities, such as enumerating the names of domain accounts and network shares. This is convenient, for example, when an administrator wants to grant access to users in a trusted domain that does not maintain a reciprocal trust. By Default, the Everyone security identifier (SID) is removed from the token created for anonymous connections. Therefore, permissions granted to the Everyone group do not apply to anonymous users. If this option is set, anonymous users can only access those resources for which the anonymous user has been explicitly given permission.

If this policy is enabled, the Everyone SID is added to the token that is created for anonymous connections. In this case, anonymous users are able to access any resource for which the Everyone group has been given permissions.

Default: Disabled.

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\

For specific instructions about how to configure security policy settings, see Edit security settings on a Group Policy object.

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