Starting with Version 6.1, IBM WebSphere Application Server uses a component called Virtual Member manager (VMM) to manage information about community membership. VMM provides an interface that enables communication between WebSphere Portal and any repository, whether federated repositories, a stand-alone repository, or your own custom user registry. You can configure VMM to recognize IBM Connections as a repository so that portal can access community user and group information from IBM Connections communities. For example, after VMM is configured, users can select IBM Connections private or public communities as groups in portal when they assign security roles or access rights.
For more information about the architecture of VMM, see the article Virtual Member Manager Integration
from the IBM WebSphere Portal wiki.
For more information about configuring a user repository for VMM, see the white paper Setting up a custom user repository
from IBM developerWorks.
After configuring IBM Connections to work with VMM, users can:
- Search for IBM Connections communities by name (represented as groups in WebSphere).
- Resolve community membership for particular users (represented as group membership in WebSphere).
- Display the WebSphere users that are members of a particular IBM Connections community.
After VMM is configured, access to the community pages in portal can be restricted to only the members of the community. This can be done by manually assigning permission to the community pages, to only the groups representing the respective community or via the Portal UI (from Portal 8 onwards) as described below:
1. Go to Edit Mode
of the page that has to be associated to the community.
2. Hover over Community, (here you will see the community id or name, if this page is already mapped to the community), click Edit
3. In the Page Association window, follow the steps below to select the Community.
4. In the Select a community window below, you will see the list of communities, which the logged-in user has access to. See the figure below.
5. After the user selects the desired community, then select Limit access to this page to only community members
. This restricts the members access.
, the checkbox "Limit access to this page to only community members" is not available by default but it can be enabled as described in the article Automatically grant page access to community members.
This way, only the members of the community can view and interact with the respective community page.
For more details on setup of VMM to configure connections repository in Portal, refer to the product documentation