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Configuring Authentication for the FME Server Web Services

All workspaces that are run from FME Server use at least one of the FME Server Web Services, and these services must authenticate with the user account that requests them. The user account must have Run permission on the repository in which the workspace resides, and Access permission to the service.

Depending on your security requirements, you may want to configure authentication for the FME Server Web Services using the following options.

Authenticating with Tokens

A token issued by the Token Service can provide the credentials required for authentication. We recommend using tokens in conjunction with user accounts that have only the required permissions for their service requests to succeed, and no additional permissions.

Removing the Authentication Requirement

In some cases, you may want to remove the authentication requirement for a given repository and service. You can use this approach with the data download, data streaming, job submitter, KML network link, and data upload services. You can provide unauthenticated access either through the guest user account, or Active Directory accounts.

Using the guest User Account

You can provide unauthenticated access to a web service simply by providing the guest user account with access to the repository of the workspace you want to run. This scenario is possible because the guest user account acts as a trusted account in FME Server, and by default, already has full access to the web services. Whenever a user's account credentials fail to authenticate with a web service, FME Server attempts to authenticate with the guest user. Therefore, if the guest user is given Run permission on the repository of the workspace being run, authentication succeeds. Configure guest user permissions on the Users page.

Using Active Directory Accounts

If you have imported Active Directory accounts into FME Server as users, you can provide those accounts with access to repositories and services. Configure Active Directory user permissions on the Users page. Alternatively, if your Active Directory accounts belong to roles, you can configure role access on the Roles page.

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