Set Up IBM WebSphere App Server Authentication

Create an IBM WebSphere App Server record in order to authenticate to a WebSphere Application Server running on a Unix host or Windows host, and scan it for compliance. The same record may include details for both Windows and Unix installations. You'll also need a Unix record for the unix host running the web server and a Windows records for the Windows host running the web server.

This record type is only available in accounts with PC or SCA and is only supported for compliance scans.

System created authentication records

Did you know? You can allow the system to create IBM WebSphere App Server authentication records for auto discovered instances and scan them. You can choose to have instances discovered at the installation directory level or the server directory level.

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Which technologies are supported?

For the most current list of supported authentication technologies and the versions that have been certified for VM and PC by record type, please refer to the following article: 

Authentication Technologies Matrix

How do I get started?

- Go to Scans > Authentication.

- Check that you already have a record defined for each host running a IBM WebSphere App Server. For Windows hosts, a Windows record is required. For Unix hosts, a Unix record is required.

- Create an IBM WebSphere App Server record for the same host. Go to New > Applications > IBM WebSphere App Server.

Note: If the Network Support feature is enabled, then the Windows/Unix record must have the same network selected as the IBM WebSphere App Server record.

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Managers can add authentication records.

Unit Managers must be granted these permissions:
- Manage PC module / Manage SCA module
- Create/edit authentication records/vaults

Windows Installation / Unix Installation

On the Windows Installation tab, enter the installation directory where your application server is installed.

On the Unix Installation tab, you'll enter the installation or server directory path and choose the IBM WAS discovery mode. Do one of the following:

- enter the installation directory path (e.g. /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer) and select "IBM WAS Installation Directory"

- enter the server directory path (e.g. /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/AppSrv02/config/servers/server1) and select "IBM WAS Server Directory"

How does it work?

We'll authenticate to each target host using the credentials provided in the Unix record or Windows Record. If the host is running WebSphere Application Server then we'll check to see if an IBM WebSphere App Server record exists. If yes, we'll use credentials from the Unix record/Windows record to authenticate to the Unix/Windows system, access the application server configuration, and scan it for compliance.


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