We are running Crowd with Jira, Fisheye and Crucible in our company with about 500-1000 users.
What are the best practices in configuring Crowd directories to control authentication to each application? We are using a delegated authentication directory and will have many users needing access to all applications and many different groups.
Would it be best to create one Crowd directory containing all of the users/groups for each application ex.
Create a separate Crowd directory for each application ex.
Also we will be using SSO-- is this configurable with both options?
I thik it really boils down to how users will use the various tools. If everyone will use everything and can see everything, I'd keep things simple and use the same group to control similar access on all tools. For example, create a "users" group, dump everyone in there and grant the "users" group permissions to log in and do basic functions on each application. If you have more distinction with your userbase, you might need to break things up as you suggest. I see companies that do this both ways. It just depends on your license and security situation. I'm in favor of not adding complexity for complexity's sake, personally.
If your situation permits, I recommendone Crowd directory as Dave mentioned. If you have multiple Crowd directories, you have to add a user who will use all of Jira, Fishehe and Crucible into each directory. It's a troublesome task.
You can also use multiple Crowd directories in order to use multiple directory types. For example, one direcory is LDAP Delegated Authentication and another is Crowd Internal Directory.
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