Security and User IDs for WebFOCUS and ReportCaster

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This section provides a brief overview of default WebFOCUS security and authentication issues. These defaults can be changed using security exits and other features. In addition, your enterprise may require additional security and authentication for the web server, mail server, data sources, or other third-party components. For a complete discussion of WebFOCUS security, see the WebFOCUS Security and Administration manual.

By default, WebFOCUS uses two completely independent user ID types, although it is possible to synchronize them:

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Managed Reporting and ReportCaster IDs

A user has the same ID for Managed Reporting and ReportCaster. This ID determines which features, reports, and data are accessible through these products. By default, these IDs are created and maintained by a WebFOCUS administrator using the WebFOCUS Security Center.

When WebFOCUS is first installed, the default WebFOCUS administrator ID and password are both admin. After completely installing WebFOCUS and ReportCaster, an administrator should sign in as admin, update the password for the admin account, and create accounts for other users.

For information on integration with basic web server authentication or WebFOCUS Reporting Server security, see the WebFOCUS Security and Administration manual.

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WebFOCUS Reporting Server Security Providers

Necessary IDs for the WebFOCUS Reporting Server depend on which security provider the server uses. Each time you start the WebFOCUS Reporting Server, you can specify a security provider that determines how authentication occurs when running reports and accessing the Web Console. The Web Console is a web-based tool for configuring and administering the WebFOCUS Reporting Server.

For more information, see the Server Installation manual.

You can run the server with:

The following are the most common security providers, which are set through the Web Console:

Security providers DBMS and LDAP are other options. For more information, see the Server Administration manual.

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WebFOCUS Reporting Server User IDs

Regardless of security provider, there is a distinction between WebFOCUS Client execution IDs and server administrator IDs.

Note: To access data sources needed for reports, the type of authentication is determined by how you configure the adapter for the data source, as explain in the Server Administration manual.