Leveraging WebSphere Portal V6 programming model: Part 4. Understanding and configuring WebSphere Portal login and logout

Learn about the mechanism which enables portal users to login and logout, and how to configure and customize the login and logout behavior.

Jan-Paul Buchwald (JPBUCH@de.ibm.com), IT Specialist, EMC

Jan-Paul Buchwald photoJan-Paul Buchwald is an IT Specialist in the IBM Development Laboratory in Boeblingen, Germany. He received a Diploma of Computer Science at the Albert Einstein University of Ulm, Germany. After gaining experience for several years as a software engineer working on the development of WebSphere Portal, Jan-Paul joined the WebSphere Portal Lab Services Team in 2008. You can reach him at JPBUCH@de.ibm.com.



Dieter Buehler (buehlerd@de.ibm.com), WebSphere Portal Security Architect, EMC

Dieter Buehler photoDr. Dieter Buehler, WebSphere Portal Security Architect, joined IBM in 2002 and has worked in the WebSphere Portal development team since the WebSphere Portal 4.1 release. Prior to IBM, Dieter worked three years in research at the University of Tuebingen in Germany exploring concepts and technologies for integrating industrial automation systems into web-based portal solutions. In addition to the WebSphere Portal security architecture, Dieter is especially interested in Java-based client-server system design and information retrieval concepts.



Thomas Hurek ( thomas_hurek@de.ibm.com), WebSphere Portal Level 3 Lead, EMC

Thomas Hurek photoThomas Hurek is a software architect at the German IBM development lab. He has technical responsibility for fix packs and Level 3 maintenance in the WebSphere Portal development team.



28 June 2007 (First published 13 June 2007)

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.

Summary

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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