Thursday, 27 May 2010

Getting the Lotus Connections Portlet to work with WebSEAL

A very useful, and potentially quite timely, post from Luis Benitez: -

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Last week, I spent a day at a customer up in New Jersey. They are currently deploying a pilot of Lotus Connections 2.5. One of the most important things for them is to be able to mash up Lotus Connections with their existing intranet applications via their portal (powered by WebSphere Portal, of course).

To simplify sign on for all their employees, they use WebSEAL and SPNEGO to provide single sign on for all web applications. This way, an employee logs on to their workstation in the morning, and they are never prompted to log on again to other web applications.

As we deployed the Lotus Connections 2.5 Portlet, we ran into an issue. The portlet wasn't built to support an SSO solution in the middle (it mostly depends on WebSphere SSO which is based on something called LTPA token). At this point, I had to figure out how to change the portlet to support WebSEAL, so I went on and downloaded the source code for the portlet (isn't it nice when they make the source code available?)

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