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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
About the Author
About the Reviewers

External user directories

So far we have learned how to get users into our Confluence installation. This is very useful but what if your company has its own LDAP server or is already using some other Atlassian products, such as JIRA or Crowd?

Within Confluence we can configure one or more external user directories. A user directory is a place where you store information about users and groups, including some other user information. This information can be the person's full name, e-mail address, or department. When an external user directory is configured, Confluence will also use the directory to authenticate a user.

Confluence has support for the following external directories:

  • Microsoft Active Directory

  • Various LDAP directory servers including OpenLDAP, Apache Directory Server, and Novell eDirectory

  • Atlassian Crowd

  • Atlassian JIRA

You can add as many external directories as you need. Note that you can change the order of the directories, determining which directory will search first.

The effect...