CONTENT SERVER CS10 SINGLE SIGN ON

Simple Easy To Understand Livelink Authentication using Just IWA

Update- I have  successfully implemented OTDS (Auth & Sync).OT wants all of us to install Tomcat and use java based OTDS for all the things that is Authentication(letting people into livelink) and Synchronization(Creating those people in livelink). Oscript based Directory Services called CSDS will stop shipping when 10.5 dev is complete.I still don’t like the fact that a livelink URL is redirected to TC to come back to livelink,when it could be avoided.That is the mechanism of a OTDS authentication implementation.If left to me I would use OTDS synchronization and just IWA for livelink.

My colleague John taught me how to record video so it is my yet another attempt to teach other users how to make your livelink  single sign on

These are my assumptions.You want to run Single Sign on in your livelink.Your livelink is running on windows and uses IIS7/7.5.

  • Chore #1-Prepare the IIS website for IWA.IWA is called NTLM some times ,  but if you use Fiddler to watch a request you will see a 401 Challenge against AD. Theory is you are accessing a protected resource and the web server will check against AD. No where remotely connected to livelink software.I also say AD because most companies use that.If your company used something else it would do that.

Kyle Bailey was the first guy to use IIS7 on livelink this link will not work If you do not know preliminaries about IIS learn it.

OT uses almost ditton info in their install documentation

Watch this Video of how I check that.

 

 

 

 

 

Checking if IIS is upto our job of providing IWA?

  • Chore #2-You have to enable the livelink website or VD for IWA. For administrative reasons I usually put a anonymous  website so I can login as ‘Admin’ or any other user whose password I can change. I will also create my userid in that livelink before I do this so I don’t get knocked out. So if my domain info was appudomain\appunair in livelink I would create my userid as appunair in lower case

Checking if the Livelink website or Livelink Application is IWA enabled

  • Chore #3-You have to find CSDS. Oscript Directory services for your version and install it in livelink. Most livelink modules are executable that just drop them into the staging folder. The author assumes the user knows how to do that .If your manager says to do OTDS frown at him and when he is not watching you do this instead.
  • As of CS10 Update 6 the code to vet the REMOTE_USER into livelink is in core code.All you need is put the livelink webapp as IWA, go to the admin.index and make sure you say “use webserver for authentication” radio button.Here’s an article that was mostly written by me in the Knowledge Base
  • If your users are using livelink purely thru the webgui this is more than adequate for you.How ever if you find yourselves saying yeah this is fine,but how do I get 2000 users into livelink,that is when “Synchronization” code in CSDS or OTDS comes into play.You can create users in livelink by writing about 20 lines of code reading from a spread sheet as well.
  • If you have Programmers who were using SSO with lapi or CWS applications they can either change the WSDL to point to the OTDS WSDL .AFAIK it is not possible to entertain coding that des SSO without Oscript Directory Services.

Checking if the Livelink administration page is correct to allow IWA authentication

  • Chore #4-In case it does not work type ?func=admin.testargs. If you do not see REMOTE_USER is not coming thru you will have to trouble shoot. You have to be a sys admin to do that as well.Note admin.testargs is livelink oscript code spitting out web environment variables.You can find equivalent aspx files in the web.

Why do I not like RCS(OTDS) .It will take a good few years before it is stable. Also I do not like the idea of a call to livelink ,hopping over to Tomcat,to again call AD to return a ticket which again was the REMOTE_USER.Now you would surely benefit if your org wanted to make SAP talk to livelink .Also it is downright confusing if you have to write SSO code against livelink as well.It is confusing to write even when it is IWA on the web server

I feel unless OT is able to assure its existing IIS clientele(about 75 to 80 %) that OTDS will be a better alternative than the OOB IIS IWA, most customers will stay with trusted windows authentication rather than the contraption/conundrum.What they can do is to make the java code base in tomcat stronger rather than telling each customer the slightest crapping out of RCS results in a re-install.What OT does not understand is big companies cannot hot patch /change stuff right when OT wants is that is far from the truth in the ground.Obviously the Synchronization code with which one creates users and groups in livelink is very much better in this java version.Once again many people confuse synchronization to be somehow tied to authentication. Nicht, Nein they are no way connected.Synchronization just allows users and groups to be created and held synchronized based on a LDAP query both of the activities are in no way connected to each other.

If the reader now understands who is doing what then I see why a intelligent user could not use another server say apache or tomcat to do windows authentication and help the livelink world.I just wanted the users reading this to know that OT has no interest in teaching you how to configure IIS as it is expected that a web server admin knows all this.It just happens that Livelink is a webserved application and hence the livelink admin sort of is the IIS admin and so on.

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