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Define Security for the Pentaho Server

Pentaho supports two different security options: Pentaho Security, or advanced security providers, such as LDAP, Single Sign-On, or Microsoft Active Directory. This table can help you choose the option that is best for you.

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Pentaho Security in PUC and Pentaho Security in the PDI Client Advanced Security Providers
Summary

Pentaho Security is the easiest way to configure security quickly. Both the Pentaho User Console and the PDI client enable you to define and manage users and roles. The Pentaho Server controls which users and roles can access web resources through the User Console or resources in the Pentaho Repository.

Pentaho Security works well if you do not have a security provider or if you have a user community with less than 100 users.

If you are already using a security provider, such as LDAP, Single Sign-On, or Microsoft Active Directory, you can use the users and roles you have already defined with Pentaho. Your security provider controls which users and roles can access Pentaho web resources through the User Console or resources in the Pentaho Repository.

Advanced security scales well for production and enterprise user communities.

Expertise Knowledge of your user community and which users should have which roles in the Pentaho system. Knowledge about security in general is not required. Knowledge of your user community and which users should have which roles in the Pentaho system. Knowledge about your particular security provider and its options is required.
Recommendation Recommended for the Pentaho Trial Download, evaluating, and rapid development. Recommended for production.