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This section provides guidelines on planning the infrastructure and configuration necessary to support your installation of the Confluence SharePoint Connector.

These instructions apply if you are using the connector with SharePoint 2010. If you have SharePoint 2007 WSS or MOSS, please refer to the planning guide for SharePoint 2007.

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Prerequisites and Supported Platforms

Please ensure you read through and comply with the following requirements before installing the SharePoint Connector.

Windows

The Confluence SharePoint Connector supports the same Windows operating system requirements as those specified by Microsoft for SharePoint.

Confluence

You need Confluence 2.10.0 or later. You can download Confluence from the Confluence download centre.

.NET Framework required on Windows

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Note that if you are running Confluence on a Windows Server, you should ensure that the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 is installed. Microsoft .NET is required for Confluence in certain configurations (see the guide on Configuring Access to SharePoint with SP 2010 for more information).

You can download the .NET Framework 2.0 here (for the 32-bit version) or here (for the 64-bit version).

SharePoint

(info) These instructions apply if you are using the connector with SharePoint 2010. If you have SharePoint 2007 WSS or MOSS, please refer to the planning guide for SharePoint 2007.

Versions 1.2 and later of the SharePoint Connector support Microsoft SharePoint 2010. This includes SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. For a quick guide to the different SharePoint versions available, see our comparison of SharePoint versions and editions. Some features of the SharePoint Connector are only available when using SharePoint Server 2010, as described below.

  1. You will need SharePoint Foundation 2010 as a minimum requirement.
    • To check if SharePoint Foundation 2010 is installed, go to Start -> All Programs -> Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products -> SharePoint 2010 Central Administration. If you can see 'SharePoint 2010 Central Administration', then SharePoint Foundation has already been installed.
  2. (Optional) For added functionality, you need Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010(Standard or Enterprise)
    • SharePoint Server 2010 is required for the following features:
      1. For the federated search feature. For more information, see our guide to configuring the SharePoint federated search.
      2. For Secure Store Service (single sign-on) functionality from SharePoint using Windows Integrated Authentication to Confluence. For more information, see the Microsoft product information.
    • For the Confluence SharePoint Connector, it makes no difference whether you have SharePoint Server 2010 Standard or SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise edition.
Checking whether you have SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010

To determine whether you have SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Server installed, go to Windows Start -> Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features.

  • If you see 'Microsoft SharePoint Server...' in the list, then SharePoint Server has been installed.
  • If you see only 'Microsoft SharePoint Foundation...' (and not 'Microsoft SharePoint Server...') then you only have SharePoint Foundation  installed.

Table: SharePoint Connector feature compatibility matrix

Feature

Supported in SharePoint Foundation 2010

Supported in SharePoint Server 2010

Embed Confluence content in SharePoint (Web Parts)

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Embed SharePoint content in Confluence (Macros)

(tick)

(tick)

Integration with Microsoft Secure Store Service

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(tick)

Federated Search

(error)

(tick)

We recommend separate server machines for Confluence and SharePoint

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Due to the substantial memory and CPU requirements of SharePoint, we recommend that you run Confluence and SharePoint on separate machines. For evaluation purposes, it is OK to run them both on the same machine.

Supported Configurations

Next, please decide which of the supported configurations is best suited to your environment. There are two areas to consider when setting up the SharePoint Connector and deciding which authentication methods to use:

  • Configuring access to SharePoint
  • Configuring access to Confluence

Configuring Access to SharePoint

These configurations control the authentication method used by the Confluence server and client browsers when requesting content from the SharePoint server.

Selecting your Configuration for Access to SharePoint

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Configuring Access to Confluence

These configurations control the authentication method used by the SharePoint server and client browsers when requesting content from the Confluence server.

Selecting your Configuration for Access to Confluence

Unsupported Configurations

Atlassian support does not cover the configurations listed below.

Atlassian Crowd

Not supported:

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Crowd is Atlassian's single sign-on (SSO) and user management solution. For the initial release of the SharePoint Connector, we made a decision to delay full support for Crowd in favour of Microsoft's Single Sign-On Service (Microsoft SSOSrv). At the time, we felt that Microsoft SSOSrv's tight integration with SharePoint was a more compelling feature for SharePoint customers.

As the SharePoint Connector matures, we are now looking at expanding our support to reach a broader customer base. We hope to support Crowd for SSO in the future.

If you are interested in this feature, we encourage you to vote for the feature request in our JIRA issue tracker: CSI-588.

SiteMinder and other Single Sign-On Management Solutions

Microsoft SSO and Secure Store Service are supported:

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We have tested the connector with the following single sign-on solutions from Microsoft:

  • Single Sign-On Service, provided with MOSS 2007.
  • Secure Store Service provided with SharePoint Server 2010 (available with version 1.2 and later of the SharePoint Connector).

Not supported:

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We have not tested any other single sign-on products. If you are interested in support for other SSO solutions, we encourage you to vote for the relevant request if it already exists in our JIRA issue tracker or create a new request. When voting or adding a request, please describe your environment.

  • Request for SiteMinder integration: CSI-218

SharePoint Forms-Based Authentication

Not supported:

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The SharePoint Connector cannot connect to SharePoint sites that use an ASP.NET Forms authentication provider. We may add support for this configuration in the future. If you are interested in this feature, we encourage you to vote for the feature request in our JIRA issue tracker: CSI-590.

Next Step

To continue with the installation of the SharePoint Connector, please configure the access to SharePoint.

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Are you hard on the .Net version? .Net 2.0 is pretty old and is out of the preferred versions within our company...

    Have u tested it on later versions? Can u please mention that?

    Thanks

    AK

    1. Hi AK,


      Since .NET 3.0 and .NET 3.5 and .NET 2.0 all run on the same CLR, any one of those 3 versions should be able to run the SharePoint Connector components in Confluence without any trouble - the 2.0 Framework is just the minimum requirement.

      Similarly, .NET 4.0 should be backwards compatible with .NET 2.0 apps, but I haven't tested this personally.

      Cheers,

      Joe.