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  • vBulletin for internal company forum?

    I'm interested in vBulletin for an internal company forum (discussion in technical groups) and I need to know a couple things to see if it will work for us:

    1) Is HTTP Auth supported? Can accounts be auto-created? Can the account names be adjusted for the auto-created accounts automatically?

    Background: The web server the forum would be running on uses HTTP Auth to authenticate everyone. I'd like to reuse the existing login. If possible, I might also be interesting in shortening the login name (it's an email address so the @xyz.com isn't really needed). The shortening part isn't too important with the default way vBulletin lays things out.

    2) How polished is the email / mailing list integration? We may have some users who can't login to the forum but would like to participate via an email list. Does it work well to have threads go out to mailing lists? What does the integration of replies look like in the forum (thinking about quoting).

    Thanks

  • #2
    1. By supported, I assume you mean when you login via http auth you're logged into the forums. Then No, it would require customized coding to support this, as well as auto account creation.
    2. There isn't any email/mailinglist intergration. You need to use the forums to post.

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    • #3
      I am not sure of your server related questions. One of the more advanced users can be of more help. You can take a test drive and check some of the options in the demo area. The link follows.

      http://www.vbulletin.com/admindemo.php




      Originally posted by Cymen View Post

      2) How polished is the email / mailing list integration? We may have some users who can't login to the forum but would like to participate via an email list. Does it work well to have threads go out to mailing lists? What does the integration of replies look like in the forum (thinking about quoting).

      Thanks
      Is that what you were asking about quotes?
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      • #4
        #1 - is there any documentation on auth.php? It looks like it wouldn't be too hard to get working.

        #2 was an add-on so we can ignore that here (unless a customer wants to chime in -- to be clear, I'm talking about email replies that come in to the forum thread and have quoted text).

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        • #5
          We don't have an "auth.php" we do have a login.php.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Zachery View Post
            We don't have an "auth.php" we do have a login.php.
            Great. I'm going on filenames from the PHP/HTML forum and what little I can see at vBulletin.org (not having a license prevents seeing code).

            So is the login.php documented? Can I see the source for just that file? There are a number of reasons we'd like to use vBulletin but HTTP Auth is essential (basically, just trusting $_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER'] and auto-creating account if not already present).
            Last edited by Cymen; Mon 28 Jul '08, 11:20am.

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            • #7
              vBulletin does not handle external authentication at this time. This requires some custom programming on your part and a Bridge between your software and vBulletin. vBulletin does include tools and APIs built into the software that allow you to synchronize your existing user records with the ones that vBulletin requires and would allow you to simulate a single sign-on procedure. To do this you would use vBulletin's Data Managers.

              The data managers are able to handle all the structures and variable types within vBulletin. This is the most efficient way to handle synchronization because of the way that vBulletin handles logins and cookie based authentication for each user. It will also allow you to use vBulletin's session handling techniques since they are different than standard PHP sessions at this time.

              You can read about the Data Managers in our online documentation at:
              http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/data_managers

              You can also see the entire vBulletin API at:
              http://members.vbulletin.com/api/

              Here is a tutorial on how to create a new user automatically:
              http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=82836&highlight=Create+New+User

              In that thread is are examples that you can use as a basis to handle logins within vBulletin transparently. There is other information available for including external files and classes in vBulletin available at www.vbulletin.org as well.
              Translations provided by Google.

              Wayne Luke
              The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
              vBulletin 5 API

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              • #8
                Thank you for those details -- that is exactly what I was looking for. It is a bit tricky searching for documentation on Google (due to vbulletin being so popular) so I appreciate all of the information you're provided.

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