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From John Hudak <jjhu...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Unique Home Page
Date Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:06:27 GMT
I think it is worthwhile to note that authentication is something
outside of the Apache scope.  To use your anology, you can't turn a
coffee pot into a toaster over....


On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM, Dondi Williams <dsmt05@gmail.com> wrote:
> Got it and thanks for all the replies.
>
> I always find it whimsical to hear, learn, and see if I am on the same path
> as the "experts". I know about the profiles, but was searching for possible
> alternative methods to solve this issue.
>
> D
>
> On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM, André Warnier <aw@ice-sa.com> wrote:
>>
>> Dondi Williams wrote:
>>>
>>> This EXACTLY what I need....
>>>
>> Ok, and did you read what else I wrote before, about the user profiles ?
>> It probably works with Firefox also.
>> That is really the easiest way.
>>
>> There exists no other way to have Apache *automatically* know about the
>> current *Windows user-id*, than to implement some kind of "Windows
>> authentication" scheme for both the browser and Apache.
>> (the emphasis is for the other contributors here)
>>
>> That normally means NTLM-based authentication, and that would mean that
>> you have at least a full-fledged Windows network set up, with a Windows
>> Domain, a Domain Controller, etc..
>> I believe that this is much more than you are willing, or able, to do
>> here.
>>
>> Other than that, you could set up Apache to do what is called "Basic
>> Authentication", but that would anyway mean that whenever a user calls up a
>> page on your webserver, they would get a login dialog where they have to
>> (re-)enter a user-id and password.  It will not be able to pick up
>> automatically the Windows user-id from Windows.
>> Also, it means that you will have to create and maintain a users/passwords
>> file, only for Apache.
>> And then you will still have to put additional configuration in Apache, to
>> have it return a specific homepage for each specific user.
>> Again, I believe that if this is only meant to be a convenience for each
>> user, rather than a protection mechanism, it is not worth your time.
>>
>> Just profiles (or at the limit bookmarks) in the browser is much easier
>> and faster.
>>
>> Detailed HowTo :
>>
>> - in your Apache top document directory, create 2 html pages :
>>  - welcome-dad.html
>>  - welcome-mom.html
>>
>> Login to the PC as "dad".
>> Call up Firefox.
>> In the Options or Preferences somewhere, you can set the homepage to use
>> when Firefox starts.  Set this as "http://localhost/welcome-dad.html".
>> Close Firefox.
>> Open Firefox.
>> It should show that page.
>>
>> Logout and login as "mom".
>> Do the same as above, substituting "welcome-mom.html".
>>
>> Logout again and login again as "dad", call up Firefox.
>> Does that match your needs, or do you want a to spend an aditional week at
>> this ? (seriously).
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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>
>
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> Don
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