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Java or .NET Install aka Tomcat or IIS

Recent Question from Customers: “Do you have any recommendations on installing the .NET (IIS) vs Java (Tomcat) versions? I liked the ease with which we implemented the SSO hack in IIS on our XI R2 server but I’m not sure if we can do the same on the 3.1 version. Also I remember that sometimes the .Net versions sometimes did not have all the functionality as the Java version is that still true?”

Answer: We usually lean towards whatever web platform that IT has optimization expertise in. If they don’t have optimization expertise in either then for several reasons, we usually do the Java.

However for SSO the IIS setup involves less steps than the Java version. The IIS pass through can still be done but is not a great solution if you are doing things like scheduling out reports with email links back to the system and still wanting SSO.

If you do go with Java, normally we work with people to setup the Vintella Kerberos SSO so that there is only one web platform running on the server rather than the pass through.

This Vintella setup involves more than just the BOE installation group.  The Active Directory teams and server teams responsible for setting up the appropriate services accounts need to be involved.  Plan for 2 days to coordinate and educate the teams involved.

Unless all those role are yours…. then have at it.

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