Have you clustered your users yet?

Yes, you read the title correctly.  I’m not referring to clustering SQL servers, nor am I referring to your clustered ISA servers, or Microsoft Clustering Services.  Rather I’m talking about clustering your users to see what their permissions are and if they’re similar to the permissions of anyone else in your farm.

What are you talking about?

AvePoint has released as a part of their DocAve suite, a free tool that “clusters” your users with like permissions into a visualization to provide you with the ability to look at a user and see users with similar permissions.  It’s proper title – “User Clustering Web Part for SharePoint”.

This is definitely different than what other companies have put together in terms of permissions related capabilities in tool suites like Barracuda Tool’s DeliverPoint or iDevFactory’s Universal SharePoint Manager 2007, and actually could be very helpful.  One of the things mentioned in the demonstration video is the ability to see the outliers.  This could be very beneficial in situations where you have someone that has far more permissions than you meant for them to have.

I’ve yet to pull down a copy for myself and try it out, but I thought it was a neat idea nonetheless… I’m curious if it shows permissions of users that have access to sites that are in web application level security groups… something to find out.

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