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19 Overview of the Oracle WebCenter Sites-LDAP Integration

This chapter provides an overview of your options to integrate Oracle WebCenter Sites with an LDAP server.

This chapter contains the following sections:

19.1 Introduction

WebCenter Sites connects to an authentication system through the Directory Services API. This API provides out-of-the-box support for two types of authentication systems, as shown in Figure 19-1.

Figure 19-1 Two Types of Authentication

Description of Figure 19-1 follows
Description of "Figure 19-1 Two Types of Authentication"


External user managers can also be integrated with WebCenter Sites, but must be customized to authenticate and/or authorize users.

19.2 LDAP Integration Options

The following types of external directory servers can be integrated with WebCenter Sites:

Both integration options involve connecting the LDAP server to the Directory Services API by setting connection properties in the WebCenter Sites futuretense.ini, futuretense_xcel.ini, and dir.ini files. Integration is complete when the WebCenter Sites user data is written to the LDAP server. Which type of data must be written depends on LDAP schema:

The following table summarizes LDAP schema and integration requirements.

Integration Type/Method Flat Schema LDAP - Authentication Flat Schema LDAP - Authorization Hierarchal Schema LDAP - Authentication Hierarchal Schema LDAP - Authorization

WebCenter Sites Web Application






Integrator writes WebCenter Sites users and ACLs to LDAP

Use integrator or manually write WebCenter Sites roles and sites to LDAP

Integrate manually

Integrate manually