Connecting Jive with SharePoint

To create the initial connection between Jive and SharePoint, you'll need to provide information about the relevant SharePoint user groups, your chosen authentication schemes, and the URLs of your Jive and SharePoint sites.

Fastpath: Admin Console: System > Settings > Jive for SharePoint > Settings

Each connection between a SharePoint site collection and a Jive site needs to be configured separately.

To set up a connection between SharePoint and Jive:

  1. Click New Connection.
  2. In the Authentication type field, choose how Jive will authenticate to SharePoint. (SharePoint-to-Jive authentication is always handled by sending a token to SharePoint via a service API.) NTLM and Kerberos are both supported. Note that if you use claims authentication, you should extend the SharePoint web application to use a different authentication type and a different address. This will enable your regular web application to continue working in claims. You can find more information about extending the web application here.
  3. In the Connection Name field, provide a name to identify the connection.
  4. In the Site Collection field, provide the full URL of the SharePoint site collection you want to link to your Jive site. Use the same address a user would use to access the site.
  5. In the SharePoint Domain field, provide the domain name. If your SharePoint domain is secured with Kerberos, a fully qualified domain name is required.
  6. Provide the username and password of an account with administrator rights to the site collection you're connecting to. To ensure continuous uptime, you should set the password for this account to never expire.
  7. Specify which user group is assigned the Everyone principal and which is assigned the Full Control principal in the appropriate fields. Use a semicolon (;) to specify more than one user group in a field.
    Full Control principal
    Provides full-control permission on all sites created. Make sure the group members are admins.
    Everyone principal
    Provides read and write permissions according to the permissions assigned to the Jive group. The type of permissions are:
    • Open: Everyone gets read and write permissions.
    • Members Only: Everyone gets read permissions, members get read and write permissions.
    • Private: Only members get read and write permissions.
    • Secret: Same as Private, plus the name of the site is censored.
    Note: The permissions syncing is done only one-way from Jive to SharePoint, so a site owner can change the permissions on the SP side if necessary.
  8. In the SharePoint-Facing URL field, specify the URL of the Jive site you want to connect to.
  9. In the Parent URL for New Sites field, specify the container URL for new connected sites on the SharePoint end. For example, you might use a parent URL structure like this: http://spc-domain.spc-domain.com/sites/Jive. The default URL is the root site of the site collection.
  10. Specify which user groups have permission to see the site collection you are configuring the connection to. You can add multiple user groups. For more about user groups, see Managing User Groups in the Core documentation.
    • If you leave the permission group blank, Jive for SharePoint defaults to all Jive users who have permissions to create places.
    • You will not see a Jive for SharePoint integration if you are only part of a permission group. You also need to be included in a general integration permissions group.
    • If you are not defined in the permission group for the default connection and you attempt to link a Jive Place to a SharePoint site, you only see permitted connections. When not permitted to see the default connection, you see the next available one. If no connections are available, you see a message to contact the site administrator to resolve the issue.
    • We do not recommend setting group permissions for the default connection.
  11. If you want your Jive search results to include SharePoint content:
    1. Select search enabled.
    2. Provide a URL where SharePoint search results will be displayed. For example, you might use a URL with this structure: http://yoursharepointsite.com/sites/Jive/_layouts/OSSSearchResults.aspx?k={searchTerms}
    3. Decide the search scope. By site searches within the entire site. By list searches within a list.
    4. Specify the maximum number of results returned in the initial Jive search results. Users can go into SharePoint for the complete result set.)