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Configuring Pass-Through Windows Authentication in Datazen

I’ve been working with Datazen lately (I’m working with a customer that literally felt in love with it) and one of the last thing we tried as a port of a POC before going into real development, is integration with Windows Authentication.

It’s really easy to do that, you just follow instructions here (in the section “Authentication Mode”)

and it just works. As documentation suggest, you just have to specify the domain name and that’s it.

Of course, after that, you may also want to enable pass-through authentication, so that once a user tries to access a dashboard via HTML interface, Datazen will use the logon credential, without going through and additional logon screen.

Here things can be tricky if you just follow that documentation here:

which is correct but only to a certain degree. Everything is correct, it’s only missing to say a *very* important thing that you have to know to make sure that it works as expected: you have to provide ALL FOUR SETTINGS (Server, UserName, Domain, Password) in order to make it work.

If you forgot to do it during installation, no problem, you can do it later setting the

  • ad_server
  • ad_username
  • ad_domain
  • ad_password

configuration values as explained here:

After that, the magic happens, and everything works perfectly


Of course you have to have configured Kerberos Authentication and Delegation correctly, but that’s another story.

Published Friday, September 11, 2015 4:15 AM by Davide Mauri
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Ricky said:

Hi Davide, Thanks for the post, i was looking exactly for the same.

I have a question:

How do we assign a Windows Authenticated User for a hub?

I cant find a place where i could select a Windows User/Group and give him/her access permission to a hub.

Similar to what we do in SSRS in security setting and give user access to a report or report folder.


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About Davide Mauri

Director of Software Development & Cloud Infrastructure @ Sensoria, an innovative smart garments and wearable company. After more than 15 year playing with the Microsoft Data Platform, with a specific focus on High Performance databases, Business Intelligence, Data Science and Data Architectures, he's now applying all his skills to IoT, defining architectures to crunch numbers, create nice user experiences and provide meaningful insights, all leveraging Microsoft Azure cloud. MVP on Data Platform since 2006 he has a very strong background development and love both the ER model and OO principles. He is also a fan of Agile Methodology and Automation, which he tries to apply everywhere he can, to make sure that "people think, machines do".

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