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Configuring A Federated Portal Network

Setting up a federated portal network is comparable to connecting your portal to a “normal” backend system. The steps of configuring a FPN in a nutshell are:

  • Setting proxy settings
  • Creating trust / single sign-on between portals in the federation
  • Creating a producer system on the consumer portal

Depending on your overall portal landscape the complexity of configuration steps might vary of course. Within the following links you will find more details about setting up FPN.

Basic Information

How To Guide - How to Set up a Landscape for a Federated Portal Network
This How-To-Guide provides information about three different network scenarios involving reverse proxies. Included are descriptions and instructions that will aid IT personnel in analyzing the set-up and configuration requirements of their systems.

eLearning - Landscape considerations in a Federated Portal Network (Rich Media, 11:00 Min.)
This eLearning presentation will give you details that could help you setting up a federation in advanced overall IT landscapes. It shows the communication ways and protocols leveraged by FPN. Moreover, sdome guidelines and considerations when working with Load Balancers, proxies and firewalls are covered.

FPN Part II - Configuring a Federated Portal Network (Blog)
In her second blog, Jana Richter explains the major steps and considerations involved when setting up a federated portal network. One focus topic is how to establish trust communication between consumer and producer, and how to register the producer system.

Related Documenation (Sap Ehp1 for Sap Netweaver 7.0)

Concepts and Planning (Link to SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP1 Documentation in SAP Help Portal)
Understanding the central concepts and preparing your system landscape is important for a successful implementation of a federated portal network. This section in the official SAP Documentation provides information regarding the following planning issues: prerequisites, user persistence, content usage modes, single sign-on, federated portal caching and limitations.

Activities for Content Producers (Link to SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP1 Documentation in SAP Help Portal)
This section of the documentation describes all the tasks you need to perform in order to expose content in your SAP NetWeaver Portal for use by other consumer portals (SAP NetWeaver and non-SAP).

Activities for Content Consumers (Link to SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP1 Documentation in SAP Help Portal)
This section of the documentation describes all the tasks you need to perform in order to connect your SAP NetWeaver Portal to other producer portals (both SAP NetWeaver and non-SAP) and to consume content.

Additional Reading & Detailed Information

How to Copy SAP Systems in a Federated Portal Network

Provides guidelines for using the SAP system copy procedures to copy SAP servers that are integrated in a federated portal network (FPN) so that functionality of remote-based content and relationships between the new systems are maintained.

Testing Applications in FPN  
Two guides provide guidelines for setting up a basic federated portal network (FPN) environment in which you can test your portal applications within this landscape setup:

Environment topics in FPN - Part 1 (Blog)

Oren Root, developer of the Federated Portal Network, covers various aspects of handling of environment topics in FPN. Within this blog he focuses on how languages are handled in a federated portal environment.

eLearning - New FPN Registration with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 SPS 13   (eBook)
For setting up a federated portal network there is different registration process since sp13 available, which supports P4 enhancements. This document describes these changes and the new user interfaces.

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