Authentication via Portal Server's Credential Vault Service

In this model, users are authenticated via Portal Server, a component of IBM WebSphere Portal. Figure 1 illustrates this environment:

Figure 1. Web Express Logon in a Portal Server environment
Environment 3
  1. The user logs on to IBM WebSphere Portal and chooses a portal page that includes the Z and I Emulator for Web portlet.
  2. The Z and I Emulator for Web portlet initiates the Credential Vault Service.
  3. The Credential Vault Service retrieves all the credentials that are accessible to the Portal user.
  4. The Z and I Emulator for Web portlet sends the credentials to the client workstation and displays the Z and I Emulator for Web applet.
  5. The user launches a host session.
  6. The login macro executes.
  7. The login macro retrieves the credentials from the data received from the Z and I Emulator for Web portlet and performs the logon operation.
Macro-based automation has been successfully tested with the following applications:
  • IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-business Versions 5.1, 6.0 and 6.1
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Netegrity Siteminder Version 5.5
  • IBM WebSphere Portal Server Versions 6.0 and 6.1
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server Versions 6.0, 6.1 and 7.0
  • IBM DB2 Universal Database Version 7
  • z/OS V1R4 with APAR PQ74457
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The macro-based automation version of Web Express Logon can function with other applications that are not listed here.