As members of the DataPower support group, we frequently work with customers who have a need to connect their client applications to backend servers that are secured with Kerberos authentication. Inevitably, a large number of these customers have questions regarding how to configure a gateway or proxy to support this type of client and server solution. Kerberos can be a confusing and complicated technology to set up for the first time, which probably explains the frequency of questions related to this topic.
This 2-part article series titled "Configuring a WebSphere DataPower Kerberos-secured backend server, Part 1: Using the DataPower Web Graphical User Interface" de-mystifies the work required to set up a WebSphere DataPower configuration that uses a Kerberos-secured backend server.
This first article describes how to create these configurations in a static fashion using the DataPower Web Graphical User Interface.
Part 2 of this article series will describe how the DataPower custom stylesheet objects are used to configure a gateway to a Kerberos backend server in a more dynamic fashion. Much of the functionality that will be described in Part 2 is not available until WebSphere DataPower version 6.0 which is not yet released.
For more information on version 6.0, including key prerequisites and the planned availability date, please see the available announcement document.
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