Springboard to knowledge
Microsoft Learning Gateway –
it’s learning demo integration.
13.11.06 John Arthur Berg - Director of Services - email@example.com 1
Overview - Architecture
ISA Server 2004
Sharepoint portal server 2003
Live Communication server
MIS Web Parts
.NET Application Framework 1.1
SQL Server 2000
Windows server 2003
Overview – Customisation done to
3. It’s learning standalone installation
5. Active Directory user accounts/security
groups syncronised with it’s learning.
7. LDAP autentication between Active
Sharepoint portal server
Directory and it’s learning – ISA server
provides ”Single Sign On” functionality. ISA server
9. It’s learning provides sharepoint portal
with web parts to integrate user interface
and deliver portal information.
1. It’s learning installation
» It’s learning is installed on the same environment
as the rest of the MLG installation for
demonstrational purposes. The same integration
would easily be achievable using the preferred it’s
learning ASP hosting model. End users
» Standard it’s learning software is used for this internet
showcase. This ensures compatibility with future
it’s learning software releases/updates.
ASP Hosting center
2. Active Directory data provisioning
» Active Directory provides it’s learning with the same user data that the rest of the MLG
» User groups are imported from designated security groups.
» For the demo installation no MIS is present. In most cases it would make sense to include
this in your architecture. It’s learning could probably benefit from a user data population
from the MIS in addition to the Active Directory integration.
It’s learning import
(This architecture is coherent with the existing share point/Active Directory integration)
3. LDAP authentication and Single Sign On
» This particular it’s learning installation is
configured to integrate Active Directory
authentication using LDAP Queries. In
simple terms this means that it’s learning
will use the same username / password ard n
rw t io
Fo nt ica
as the rest of the installation. It’s learning
» ISA Server will forward the F orwa
authentication between the different Secure logon
applications in the MLG solution. This End user ISA server
means that you will only have to
F o en t
authenticate (input username and
password) once, and you will be able to
navigate seamlessly between the
Active Directory Exchange
4. It’s learning web parts
» The demo installation features two different web-parts that displays information
about a users it’s learning courses and projects.
» These web parts are dynamically updated when something changes in it’s
» The user can of course click a link and end up in it’s learning.
» The Web parts communicates with it’s learning’s secure web- services API.
Best practice example
» The next slide is a best practice architectural example compiled from a number
of projects that it’s learning’s consultants have been involved in.
» This example also focuses on the role of the MIS, e.g. SIMS.NET from Capita.
» The best practice example could be applied on both school level for larger
organizations or at LEA level or another departmental level.
» This is a logical architecture and cannot necessarily be mapped 1:1 with server
products found in the market.
The portal can hold
both public content
(mail, calendar, etc)
End user Abcense,
Portal grades, my
All resources should
physical location of
the end user. The directory service should store
the username/password used to
autenticate the users within the
domain of the organisation.
MIS should provide
Directory service (user accounts) all applications with