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Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials

By : Stefan Kohler
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Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials

By: Stefan Kohler

Overview of this book

Every idea, concept, and project needs documentation, which is traditionally kept in a variety of documents on different devices. Confluence 5 centralizes that documentation and provides it in one single location, available from almost any device and location. Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials is a practical, hands-on guide explaining not only how to install and administrate Confluence, but also everything you need to create, share, and collaborate on your documentation. This book will give you everything you need to get started with Confluence. Before you can start creating content, Confluence needs to be available. That is exactly where we start with this book; installing Confluence. Through a number of clear, practical exercises you will go from installation and administration, to creating content and involving your teammates. This book will teach you how to quickly create compelling content. You will learn how to involve your teammates in the process, using the Confluence workbox and share features. You will learn how Confluence can be customized with regards to look and feel, extra functionality, and integration with other tools, so that there is nothing in your way when you want to introduce Confluence 5 within your organisation. If you need to develop better collaboration on mission critical projects, then this book is for you!
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials
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Understanding authentication

Authentication in Confluence takes place at different levels within the application, for example, when retrieving information from the database or when displaying this information on a Confluence page. The technology that is used depends on the request made to Confluence or your configuration. The following are a few examples of authentication technologies.

Password authentication

Password authentication is, by default, delegated from Seraph to the user management system. If you use a Single sign-on (SSO) system this might not be necessary. The authenticator gets all the necessary credentials from your SSO provider.


Seraph is an open source framework developed by Atlassian and almost all authentication in Confluence is done using this framework. The goal of Seraph is to provide a simple, extensible authentication system that can be used on any application server.

Seraph is implemented as a filter. Filters dynamically intercept every authentication request and...