The Portal Authentication method provides Virtual EMS single sign-on capability using your organization’s portal (e.g. SiteMinder, Plumtree, uPortal, etc.). When a user logged into your portal accesses Virtual EMS, a predefined user-specific variable (e.g. email address, employee/student ID, network ID, etc.) captured by your portal/sign-on page is compared against corresponding information recorded in the Network ID and/or External Reference fields of your EMS Web User records. If a match exists, the Web User will be automatically logged-into Virtual EMS.
Note: The Field Used to Authenticate Web User Virtual EMS Parameter (within System Administration > Settings > Parameters (Virtual tab)) is used by Virtual EMS to determine which value should be used for authentication.
Several built-in authentication methods to pass-in credentials are available including:
- Server Variable (Header Variable)
- Query String
- Federated (SAML)
For a more detailed explanation of the authentication methods outlined above, please see the Appendix.
- Within the Virtual EMS Parameters area of EMS (System Administration > Settings > Parameters (Virtual tab)), the following parameters must be set accordingly:
Portal Authentication Cookie Key
Required if Portal Authentication Method = Cookie
Portal Authentication Method
Portal Authentication Variable
User variable to be compared against the EMS Web User External Reference/Network ID field
- Direct users to the default Virtual EMS page:
(http://[ServerName]/ VirtualEMS/Default.aspx )
replace [ServerName] with the name of your web server)