Overview of Security

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To log in to Embarcadero Connect you need both a valid user connection and a valid user account.

User connections determine the user sessions that Embarcadero Connect can host, as well as the type of user experience of each one of those sessions. You can purchase licenses for the types of user connections that you want (Reader, Author or Portal etc), and register those licenses in Embarcadero Connect to enable your user connections.

User accounts and user roles are not defined within Embarcadero Connect itself. To log in to Embarcadero Connect, you must use the credentials of an ER/Studio Repository user account or, if you configure Embarcadero Connect to support LDAP, the credentials of an LDAP user account.

Note: To log in to Embarcadero Connect with ER/Studio Repository user accounts, you must synchronize Embarcadero Connect with ER/Studio Repository first.

When you log in to Embarcadero Connect, the authentication process assigns you a user experience based on the available user connections. Depending on your user experience, Embarcadero Connect provides a different user interface with access to a different set of features.

Once you are logged in, your user account and roles determine what content of Embarcadero Connect you can access, and which actions you can perform. Some of those restrictions come from ER/Studio Repository, other restrictions are specific to Embarcadero Connect and super users can configure them in Embarcadero Connect. With new licensing options, Author, Reader and Portal licenses give you more choices for your users. The Author license giving full access to all functionality and the new Reader license giving users a read-only experience. To read more on the different licensing options, see the connections page.

When you create resources in Embarcadero Connect (glossaries, terms, or data sources), you become their author. Only authors, super users and stewards can edit those resources, and add or remove stewards from them. This does not apply to Reader licenses as the read-only license cannot be assigned as Steward. Nor create, modify, or delete Connect objects. To change an Author licensed user to a Reader, they can not be a current Steward of any resources.

If you configure Embarcadero Connect to work with Microsoft SQL Server as the database platform for the Reporting Repository database, Embarcadero Connect offers the facility to enable encryption of all communications between Embarcadero Connect and the Reporting Repository.


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