Thursday Aug 02, 2007

They're Head Over Heels: Comms Suite 5 Deployment Example for Linux

Yes, Comms Suite runs on more than Solaris, remember that other OS--Linux? Thanks to Shane H., we now have an 'offical' quick start guide for installing the Comms Suite 5 stack on Linux.

Get the doc here:

Wednesday Aug 01, 2007

Comms Suite 5 Q&A: Setting up Single Sign-On

Q. I need to set up SSO for Communications Express. What has changed between Messaging Server 6 2005Q4 (Java ES 4) and Messaging Server/Communications Express 6.3 (Comms Suite 5)?

A. Jhawk writes:

In the prior releases, we needed SSO to maintain authenticated sessions
between two of our HTTP servers. The two HTTP servers are the web
container (web server/app server) for the UWC servlets and the WebMail
server (mshttpd). Going into our Comms Suite 5 (UWC 6.3), we moved the
WebMail server behind the web container.

prior to 6.3
|------- web container(uwc)
web browser ----| (sso between)
|-------webmail server (mshttpd)

in 6.3
web browser----web container(uwc) --- webmail server(mshttpd)

Now in 6.3, we do not require SSO to maintain authenticated sessions
between our internal services. However, we do still support SSO to
co-exist authentication with 3rd Party web applications such as Portal
Server.

Tuesday Jul 31, 2007

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New to me: Sun GDD blogger. Give him a visit.

Friday Jul 27, 2007

Communications Suite: A Tale of Many Technical Articles

If you've been trying to keep track of all the Communications Suite (including Messaging Server, Calendar Server, Instant Messaging, Communications Express, and Connector for Outlook) technical notes, articles, white papers, deployment examples, and the like, look no more. I think that I've finally collected everything CommSuite-ish on the Comms Hub Technical Articles tab, so that you have a one-stop shopping index for this flavor of documentation:

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hubs/comms/library/techarticles.jsp

At issue is that we in Tech Pubs haven't always carried forward tech notes on docs.sun.com from release to release, so it would appear that a tech note or two has gotten lost along the way, even though the information might still be applicable. If you use the Comms Hub Technical Articles tab from now on, you should be able to get to all these kinds of docs that we have published, even some 'gems' from the iPlanet Messaging Server days.

Friday Jul 20, 2007

Comms Suite 5 Docs: Mea Culpa

An astute reader has pointed out the following:
I was reading Comms 5 (March 2007) Deployment planning guide and came across a section that talks about deploying Comms Express, chapter 24 page 291. I believe the deployment scenario described is not accurate and does not represent the architectural change that took place between versions 6.2 and 6.3. There is no longer a requirement for Access Manager SDK and also Messaging Express Multiplexor is no longer used.
Link in question is here: Communications Express on Remote Host Architecture

Sure enough, the doc is wrong on both counts. I will correct these errors, and update Figure 24-2, as soon as I can. In the meantime, what should have appeared was something along these lines:

Figure 24-2 shows a Communications Express architecture where both intranet and Internet users log on to Communications Express on the front-end host, which accesses the back-end host on their behalf. You can enable SSO on the front-end host such that Communications Express validates the session in Access Manager.

You install the front-end host with the following components:

  • Messaging Server (Webmail Server)
  • Calendar Server
  • Web container
  • (Optional) Access Manager SDK
  • Communications Express

You install the back-end with the following components:

  • Directory Server
  • Messaging Server (Mail Store)
  • Calendar Server
  • (Optional) Web Container and Access Manager

The new figure should look something like this (prettied up, 'natch, thanks to our illustrator):

Thanks again to that careful reader.

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