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Configuring UDDI

UDDI services can be managed via the MMC snap-in. By selecting the site you've created, you can view the Properties dialog and view or modify a number of parameters from this dialog, including viewing the site key; modifying group permissions (Administrator, Coordinator, Publisher, and User); selecting various security options; integrating with Active Directory; and modifying advanced properties.

Two important notes regarding UDDI implementation. You should use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for creating a secure channel for communicating with UDDI services to maintain a secure environment. In order to use SSL with UDDI, you must have or obtain a valid SSL certificate before UDDI services will function if you selected SSL security (the default and recommended selection) during installation.

In addition, although UDDI comes with MSDE as the default database, this is not a particularly secure nor scalable configuration. If you plan to implement UDDI services on more than one server, you need to use SQL Server. MSDE doesn't provide any administrative tools, nor does it communicate across the network. Therefore, SQL Server is the most common database engine for UDDI in an enterprise configuration.

Microsoft's UDDI services has four roles that define the level of interaction with the data. These roles are configured in the Properties dialog of the selected UDDI service.

  • Administrator. This group has the broadest set of permissions. Anyone in the Administrator group can query, publish, coordinate, and administer UDDI services. These functions can be accessed via the MMC snap-in for UDDI services, the UDDI web services interface, or command-line tools.

  • Coordinator. This group has a slightly more restricted role than the Administrator group. Coordinators can query, publish, and configure data in the UDDI services but cannot administer UDDI services.

  • Publisher. Anyone in the Publisher group can query and publish UDDI services. This group doesn't have permission to configure data or administer UDDI services. A Publisher can add or modify any entity it owns.

  • User. The most limited of the groups, the User group allows anyone in this group to query UDDI services.

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