SharePoint 2013 – Using Claims to Manage Licensing


A new feature is introduced in SharePoint 2013 that will allow you to check if a user has rights to use an “Enterprise” feature.  It is turned off by default, but if you want to enable it you can using PowerShell.  For example, you can create a security group in Active Directory called “HR Managers” and grant them access to enterprise features such as Excel Services, PowerPivot, and other BI featuers using the New-SPUserLicenseMapping, Add-SPUserLicenceMapping, and Enable-SPUserLidcensing commandlets.  For more information see “Configure licensing in SharePoint Server 2013” on TechNet. Here is a snippet of the example on Technet:

At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following commands:

Get-SPUserLicense

$a = New-SPUserLicenseMapping -SecurityGroup <yoursecuritygroup> –License Enterprise

$a | Add-SPUserLicenseMapping

Enable-SPUserLicensing

Where:

  • $a is the variable that stores the mapping object that is to be used as the input for the Add-SPUserLicenseMapping cmdlet.
  • <yoursecuritygroup> corresponds to a security group in Active Directory.

For more new features in SharePoint 2013, see my blog post “What’s New in SharePoint 2013 Editions Comparison

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