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Manual configuration of authentication mode

This section explains how to switch authentication mode in HTTP Commander and how to verify the current configuration.

There are two distributions of HTTP Commander available for download on the Element-It web site: Forms and Windows. They are preconfigured for the two primary authentication modes supported by the application: Forms and Windows, respectively. HTTP Commander also supports Forms with Windows users, Novell EDirectory, Shibboleth and Auth0 authentication modes, which are selected less frequently than the two primary modes. The installation section of this manual covers the specific authentication mode you've selected to download, either Windows or Forms. See the top of this page to view the version of the distribution which is installed. You can always switch to any other supported authentication mode with some amount of manual labor. You can do this irrespective of which distribution you've installed.

The difference between the two distributions of HTTP Commander is in the content of the configuration files (Web.config and HttpCommanderSettings.config) and manual. Configuration files contain the default settings for the selected authentication mode so you do not need to enter the settings manually. The manual provided in the Forms version of distribution is missing sections specific to Windows authentication mode of HTTP Commander and the manual of the Windows version of distribution is missing sections specific to Forms authentication mode (for users' convenience, of course). This section explains how to update configuration files for your specific authentication mode. If you need to change the authentication mode, you do not need to download a new distribution of HTTP Commander, just update the configuration files. In addition, updating the configuration files manually preserves all your settings which would be lost should you install HTTP Commander from scratch.

The Novell EDirectory, Shibboleth and Auth0 authentication modes of HTTP Commander are best documented in the Forms version of the manual. For the Forms with Windows users authentication mode of HTTP Commander we recommend that you obtain both versions of the manual, since neither of them contains complete documentation for this mixed mode.

To decide which authentication mode of HTTP Commander you need, consider the following characteristics.

More details about Shibboleth integration, Novell EDirectory integration, Auth0 integration.

The following instructions assume that you've completed installation procedure described in the Application install section of this manual.

Configuration steps

Note 1 The IIS authentication column specifies authentication items that should be enabled in IIS, all other authentication items should be disabled.

Note 2 See Windows vs Basic authentication.