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Configuring Virtual Office to let Users Login with their Email Addresses

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By Daniel Shelley

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Posted: 14 Jul 2005
 

Some companies want to allow their users log into corporate applications using their email addresses. Here's how you set that up for Virtual Office.

Login to Virtual Office as the administrator and go to portal administration. For VO 1.3 and earlier, you can find this in iManager, under the configure button, iManager Configuration tasks. Once in the portal administration, select the Configuration link. About the third item down will be an option for "Attributes to use for contextless login." Click on the edit button to configure this.

Next, scroll down the list of available attributes and select the "mail" attribute. Notice that the list contains the LDAP names of the attributes, in this case "mail," rather than the NDS name of the attributes, like "Internet Email Address." You may also want to add "cn" to the list so that your users can still login with their usernames. If a user's email address is not set on the object in the directory, they can always still login with their full ldap context. (e.g. cn=admin,o=novell)

Click on the OK button and then the Save button. You're now ready to go.

It is important to note that this configuration also applies to iManager 2.0. If you make this change for VO 1.3, it will affect users logging in to iManager 2.0 at the same time.

When you login to Virtual Office, the framework does a search across the list of portal containers for a match with your contextless login attributes. If this attribute is not indexed in the directory then this search may significantly increase login times. The cn attribute is automatically indexed by eDirectory.


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