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Authentication subsystem types

A number of alternative authentication subsystem types exist for the most commonly used authentication protocols. These are each identified by a unique type name.

The following table shows the authentication subsystem types supplied and the optional features they support.

Type Description Single Sign-On (SSO) support CIFS authentication User registry entry
alfrescoNtlm Native Alfresco Content Services authentication Yes, NTLM Yes No
ldap Authentication and user registry export through the LDAP protocol (for example, OpenLDAP) No No Yes
ldap-ad Authentication and user registry export from Active Directory through the LDAP protocol No No Yes
kerberos Authentication through a Kerberos realm Yes, SPNEGO Yes No
external Authentication using an external SSO mechanism Yes No No
SAML Authentication through the SAML open standard Yes No No
Important: If you configure a single authentication subsystem of a type that does not support CIFS authentication (for example, LDAP), then the CIFS server will be automatically disabled. If you want CIFS and LDAP, then you must set up an authentication chain.
Important: Support for Microsoft Office depends on the authentication mechanism provided by the external subsystem. See External authentication and SSO for more information.
Important: SAML Single Sign On can be used for Alfresco Content Services and Alfresco Office Services. SAML Single Sign On is not fully implemented when mapping a PC network drive over WebDAV, i.e. to either <alfresco_host>/alfresco/webdav or <alfresco_host>/alfresco/aos endpoints. As a workaround, a PC user should use SAML to login to Alfresco Content Services before mapping the drive, otherwise the map request may fail.
Note: If you are using a proxy (load balancer) with Kerberos authentication, either:
  • Use the external authentication subsystem and set up the proxy to implement kerberos
  • Set up the kerberos authentication subsystem and create the Service Principal Name (SPN) in Active Directory to include the proxy DNS name

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