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Configuring client and server authentication

This is where you choose the authentication methods and user accounts that are used when the FotoWare server tries to reach other FotoWare servers in the network. These settings are configured on the Server settings tab in the Operations Center.

Client and server authentication settings in the Operations Center

Client authentication

Here you set the method of authentication to use for communications between FotoWare applications. When connecting to an index, for example, a FotoStation user may be asked to authenticate with a user name and password. The same is true when an Index Manager Union server connects to member indexes on other servers, for example. The Client Authentication setting controls whether the clients are authenticated in the server's local user registry or through the Active Directory. If you choose AD authentication, naturally the server must first be a member of the domain.

Server authentication

Here you can set the user name and password that this FotoWare server should use when connecting to other FotoWare servers on the network.  You add a new entry in the list by clicking the Add button, after which you type in the host name of the server you want to connect to and optionally the port number, and which user account you wish to use when connecting to that server. You can also specify that you want to authenticate using a domain account by typing domain\username in the Username field.

Example

Let's say that you have set up two Index Manager servers already, called IM1 and IM2. Currently you are setting up a union server you want to configure to connect to the indexes on IM1 and IM2.
All three servers are members of a domain called FWWORKFLOW, and the domain user fwuser is configured as a local admin on all three servers.
When setting up the union server, you will need to specify which account it should use when connecting to IM1 and IM2. Simply click on Add and type in IM1 in the Host name field. Then type in FWWORKFLOW\fwuser in the Username field to authenticate using the domain user. Then type in the fwuser's password in the Password field.
Repeat the process to add the IM2 server authentication in the same way.

Note: When using the file browser in any of the server interfaces you will notice that when connecting to a server for which no authentication credentials have been defined, you will be given the opportunity to manually enter a user name and password. This information will be stored in this list in the Operations Center and used for future connections to that server.

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