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Authentication Setup

Either during the initial setup or at a later point, the Authentication Setup can be used to update how dbFront authenticates users.  You can validate the settings before applying them to the server.

The Application Server Settings affected can also be updated by manually updating the appropriate config file.

Authentication Source & Type

  • User Domain: The default installed value of a single period [.] directs dbFront to pick the best of the available options.  If available it will choose the Active Directory domain your server is connected to.  It is often a good idea to set the specifc directory source to avoid confusion.   By default the Login Screen will show users where they are logging in to.
  • User Container: The name of the active directory container(s) for users and groups.  This is only required for non-default active directory structures.   e.g. "CN=Users,DC=corp,DC=domain,DC=com"
  • Context Type: The ContextType will automatically adjust depending upon the Server or Domain that is used to authenticate they user.  If there is a problem you can manually set it to either "Machine" if you are authenticating against the local machine, or "Domain" if you are authenticating against a network Domain.
  • Logon Type: The options are: Interactive, Network or Batch.
    The Interactive LoginType means that users need to have interactive Logon Rights. 
    The Network LoginType is for users that are expected to have network access privileges.
    The Batch LoginType can be used to authenticate users that don't have either Interactive or Network rights.

Security Groups

Admin Group:
  • The name of the local or domain group who's users will have the ability to add or administer all Database Connections.
  • Local and Domain Administrators will automatically have this privilage.
MyAdmin Group:
  • The name of the local or domain group who's users will have the ability to add or administer their own Database Connections.
User Group:
  • The group of users who have access to login to dbFront.
  • If this entry is empty then by default every authenticated user has access to dbFront.
  • Any user not listed in the group specified by this setting will NOT have access to dbFront.   This applies even if they are members of a connection specific AD group or if they are members of the groups specified by AdminAllGroup or AdminMyGroup.

Test / Save - User

You can test the Authentication settings by entering a username and password and clicking on Test Security.

To save the settings you need to specify the name and password of a user with administrative access based on the new settings.   When you click Save Setup, dbFront will use those credentials to validate the new settings and then save the updated settings.

Disable Authentication Setup

Unauthenticated access to Authentication Setup is only available while running directly on the Web Server and only if the [SetupLocked] configuration option is set to false.   To lock the Authentication Setup please see: Application Server Settings;

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