About security modes
In addition to managing users and groups locally, entirely within a single project, you can also get pre-defined users and groups from other IWS projects or from an LDAP-compliant domain server.
IWS supports four security modes:
- Local Only
- This is the standard mode for most projects: users and groups are created in the development application, and they apply only to the project for which they’re created.
- Distributed – Server
- This is similar to Local Only, except that the project’s security system configuration is also made available to other IWS projects (that are set to Distributed – Client) on the same network. Furthermore, if the project loses its security system configuration for some reason, then it can reimport the configuration from one of its client projects.
- Distributed – Client
- When this mode is selected, the project gets its entire security system configuration from another IWS project (that is set to Distributed – Server) on the same network. The project caches this configuration and can continue to run even if it loses communication with the server project.
- Domain (LDAP)
- The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a recognized standard for managing users and groups across many different applications on a network. When this mode is selected, the project gets its users and groups from an LDAP-compliant domain server, such as Microsoft Active Directory for Windows or OpenLDAP for Linux. However, only the user names, passwords, and group memberships are taken from the domain; specific rights must still be configured within the project.