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[BI 4.x] Migration from 3.1 into 4.2 with SSO

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mike nagel
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:54 am 
Post subject: Migration from 3.1 into 4.2 with SSO


I'm working toward migrating our XI 3.1 installation to 4.2 using SSO. Currently I'm creating Active Directory groups that will ultimately replace the Enterprise groups currently used in 3.1. I have a question concerning the migration process.

When I apply the new AD groups to the authentication list, the user IDs should be automatically added. Afterwards, when I run the migration tool, will the existing accounts "merge" with the AD accounts or will the accounts be "duplicated" with different ID/CUIDs (one with an Enterprise alias and one with an AD alias)?

If duplication occurs, it's not a big deal as we have less than 500 accounts and less than 20% of them actually create their own reports so moving the content around after the fact is not a heavy lift. I'd just like to get an idea of what will happen in advance (or if there's a preferable order in which to process the migration to eliminate the duplication).

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Mike Nagel
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:47 pm 
Post subject: Re: Migration from 3.1 into 4.2 with SSO

They will duplicate. However, there is a way this might work for you:

1. Configure AD authentication but don't add any AD groups to the 4.2 system. If you've already added them, delete them, which will delete the users, and turn off any updated schedule that you may have configured.

2. Migrate your 3.1 users to the new system.

3. Add the AD groups back to the AD configuration. Be sure to turn on "Assign each new AD alias to an existing User Account with the same name" under "New User Options". If the Enterprise user name is the same as the AD user name, the AD user will be added as an "alias" of the Enterprise user instead of as a new users.

4. If you're going to use the AD groups to assign access instead of just using them to authenticate the user, make each AD group a member of one or more of your existing Enterprise groups. This is a best practice to make sure that you don't lose your security if the system ever has an issue connecting to the AD Domain Controller. Assign security to Enterprise groups and make the AD groups a member of the corresponding Enterprise group. This will also ensure that your users will have the correct security if they only have an AD alias without the Enterprise alias.


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