ARCHIVED: About the UITS SharePoint Assistant

Note:

The SharePoint on-premises service is being replaced by SharePoint Online, available since July 2016. For more, see About the SharePoint retirement.

  • If you are a SharePoint site owner whose site has been disabled, you can visit SharePoint Standard Farm Migration to request an extension/re-enable. SharePoint will be permanently disabled no later than June 2, 2017; most sites should have migrated to SharePoint Online by March 31, 2017. Sites scheduled to be disabled on March 31 were disabled on April 3, 2017.
  • SharePoint My Sites were permanently retired on April 3, 2017.
Notes:
  • SharePoint Assistant is not needed for SharePoint Online.
  • SharePoint Online supports all common browsers.

Before attempting to access SharePoint resources at IU, UITS strongly recommends that you run the UITS SharePoint Assistant, which will automatically configure your Windows or Mac computer to improve functionality while using SharePoint services. Failure to do so may cause you to experience repeated prompts for a username and password while browsing SharePoint sites, along with other access and usability issues.

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System requirements

  • Windows: Windows Vista or higher
  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

Functionality in Windows

SharePoint Assistant installation

During an installation or change, the SharePoint Assistant performs the following actions:

  • Adds the following URLs to the Windows trusted sites list:
    • https://*.exchange.iu.edu
    • https://*.sharepoint.iu.edu
    • https://*.mysharepoint.iu.edu
    • https://mysharepoint
    • https://sharepoint
    • https://edss.iu.edu
    • https://iuspug.iu.edu
  • Sets the following registry values:
    • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient\Parameters\BasicAuthLevel=1(DWORD)
    • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\LSA\LMCompatibilityLevel=5(DWORD)
    • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2\1A00=0(DWORD)
    • HKCU\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2\1A00=0(DWORD)
  • Appends the following values to the HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient\Parameters\AuthForwardServerList SZ_MULTI value:
    • *.sharepoint.iu.edu
    • *.mysharepoint.iu.edu
  • Restarts the Windows WebClient service
  • Adds a shortcut to the UITS SharePoint Service (https://www.sharepoint.iu.edu/) to Internet Explorer's favorites
  • Prompts the user to open https://www.sharepoint.iu.edu/ when the install completes successfully

SharePoint Assistant removal

During removal, the SharePoint Assistant performs the following actions:

  • Removes the following URLs from the Windows trusted sites list:
    • https://*.exchange.iu.edu
    • https://*.sharepoint.iu.edu
    • https://*.mysharepoint.iu.edu
    • https://mysharepoint
    • https://sharepoint
    • https://edss.iu.edu
    • https://iuspug.iu.edu
  • Removes the following values from the HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient\Parameters\AuthForwardServerList SZ_MULTI value:
    • *.sharepoint.iu.edu
    • *.mysharepoint.iu.edu
  • Does not change values set in the following registry keys:
    • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient\Parameters\BasicAuthLevel=1(DWORD)
    • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2\1A00=0 (DWORD)
    • HKCU\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2\1A00=0(DWORD)
    • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient\Parameters\BasicAuthLevel=1(DWORD)
    • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\LSA\ LMCompatibilityLevel=5(DWORD)
    • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2\1A00=0(DWORD)
    • HKCU\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2\1A00=0(DWORD)

Functionality in Mac OS X

The SharePoint Assistant will check your Mac for the following necessary software, and give you the option of downloading if needed:

  • Microsoft Document Connection
  • Safari
  • Silverlight plug-in

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