I had a SiteMap node that I wanted to link to an external URL rather than just a internal page. I found many articles such as Joe Audette's post stating that you need to turn of SecurityTrimming and assign the node to a local page and then afterwards reassign it to your external URL and it would work. Then I got lucky and found a forum reply from on of the ASP.net team members saying all you needed to do was add roles="*" to your SiteMapNode. I tried it and sure enough it works. Below is a sample..
<siteMapnode title="Google" url="http://www.google.com" roles="*" />
It's amazing how simple things can be once you know what to do.
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