How to change SharePoint authentication from classic mode to claims based authentication

How to change SharePoint authentication from classic mode to claims based authentication

In this post, i am going to explain how we can change authentication provider of SharePoint 2010 web application from windows authentication to claims based authentication. So let’s start 🙂

From the central administration check the authentication provider and in my case it is showing authentication provider as windows.

Authentication Providers

Authentication Providers

Now change authentication provider, to do this, you need to use windows powershell.

Click start menu, go to

All Programs -> SharePoint 2010 products -> Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell

SharePoint 2010 Power Shell

SharPoint 2010 Management Shell

Execute the following commands

$WebAppName = “http://vmappserver”

$account = “SPPORTALSP-Admin”

$wa = get-SPWebApplication $WebAppName

Set-SPwebApplication $wa –AuthenticationProvider (New-SPAuthenticationProvider) –Zone Default

When you execute this command, a confirmation message will appear on the screen as follows

Power Shell Athentication Provider Commands

Power Shell Athentication Provider Commands

Type Y for confirmation

After the command executed successfully, check the authentication provider from the central administration, it will show “claims based authentication”.

Claim based authetication

Claim based authetication provider

set the user as an administrator for the site

$wa = get-SPWebApplication $WebAppName

$account = (New-SPClaimsPrincipal -identity $account -identitytype 1).ToEncodedString()

configure the policy to enable the user to have full access

$zp = $wa.ZonePolicies(“Default”)

$p = $zp.Add($account,”PSPolicy”)




Perform user migration

$wa = get-SPWebApplication $WebAppName



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Comments (4)

  • Aniruddh Reply

    Thanks a lot

    August 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    • admin Reply

      Your are welcome.

      January 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm
  • Manoj Reply

    Does this work for SharePoint 2013?

    March 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    • admin Reply

      Sorry Manoj, I am not sure about SharePoint 2013. I didn’t get a chance to test on SharePoint 2013.

      March 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

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