Friday, July 16, 2010

Configuring Kerberos with Sharepoint 2010 for Business Intelligence related features

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Coming to the subject of this post, Microsoft has released a whitepaper titled "Configuring Kerberos Authentication for Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 Products". Sharepoint 2010 has changed the face of Business Intelligence by the addition of Performancepoint Services and Visio Services, along with Excel Services. Identity delegation and/or Impersonation is one of the issues that can block the entire access and execution mechanism of BI solution, if not configured properly.

With Microsoft, keeping up the pace is really hard whether it's with the ongoing releases of newer version like .NET or keeping oneself updated with tons of new information that gets released in the form of whitepapers. This whitepaper contains lot of How To topics related to Sharepoint and Kerberos, which also directly impacts BI solution design. I always fear that how would I deal with a project where entire set of BI products needs to be configured with Kerberos and for times like that, reference material like this is extremely useful.

Below mentioned are some of the general and BI scenarios covered in this whitepaper:

Scenario 1: Core Configuration
Scenario 2: Kerberos Authentication for SQL OLTP
Scenario 3: Identity Delegation for SQL Analysis Services
Scenario 4: Identity Delegation for SQL Reporting Services
Scenario 5: Identity Delegation for Excel Services
Scenario 6: Identity Delegation for Power Pivot for SharePoint
Scenario 7: Identity Delegation for Visio Services
Scenario 8: Identity Delegation for PerformancePoint Services
Scenario 9: Identity Delegation for Business Connectivity Services

You can download this whitepaper from here.

1 comment:

Aashish said...

Thanks for posting the link to the whitepaper. I have spent considerable time figuring out the challenging dynamics of MOSS 2007, SSAS/SSRS and Active Directory to allow for Kerberos Delegation (and/or protocol transition). We are now looking to move towards 2010 and this paper will definitely be helpful and insightful.

Thanks once again.

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