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Notes from My Work with WebSphere Portal, Domino, and Other IBM Technology

WebSphere Portal Beta 8 – OpenID

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The first thing I did, after launching my browser and pointing at the new portal page, was to access the login page. Kinda obvious, I know but that’s where the obvious stops. I was immediately struck by an alternative logon input.

According to my understanding of the documentation, I should not need to provide any additional configuration for the OpenID associated with my Google account to work. That is, I should be able to incorporate my Google login into WebSphere Portal using the features exposed in the ‘Sign Up” interface.

After clicking ‘Sign up’ I noticed two new buttons on the profile page. I clicked Google and when I did the browser was redirected to a Google login. Once I logged into Google I was presented with an option to confirm that I wished to sign into my portal using the Google account.

I was not sure what was supposed to happen but I believed that some of the profile details would have been filled in for me on the portal’s sign up page. This is not true. After my initial attempts on my portal I went to demolotus.com  and repeated the process. In both cases I, after I logged into my Google account, I filled in the required profile details and submitted the registration.  In the case of demolotus.com I clicked the Google button and was logged into the portal. In contrast when I attempted this on my portal I received an error message saying, in effect, that the ID requested was not available.

I haven’t had time to investigate farther but will do so soon. While I am disappointed it didn’t work as I expected, I am encouraged by the introduction of this feature as it can simplify management of user accounts in a public facing portal. What I will be interested in learning is how this might be facilitated on a request basis as opposed to the ‘open ended’ sign up basis.

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Written by David Wilkerson

July 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Posted in WebSphere Portal

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