Earlier articles in this series covered various patterns for linking together different components in your portal to address business requirements. In this part, you learn more about one of the basic infrastructure services provided by IBM® WebSphere® Portal Version 6 provides--that is, the mechanism which enables users to login and logout of the portal. You also learn how to configure and customize the login and logout behavior.
The flow of authenticating a user, maintaining the user's session, and logging the user off again belongs to the basic usage patterns of Web-based systems and plays a major role in Web security. Although the basic flow is always the same, many systems require adapting or enhancing for special purposes. Using a portal running under WebSphere Portal as your unified Web front-end, you can rely on a complex and rich authentication component that you can configure and customize in various ways. This article provides an in-depth description of the WebSphere Portal V6 login and logout behavior and various configuration and customization options. (The content described here also applies to WebSphere Portal versions 5.1.0.x.)
This article is for architects of portal solutions, WebSphere Portal administrators, and portal developers. The reader should be familiar with basic J2EE concepts and with WebSphere Portal.
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