Configuring a Jive for SharePoint Connection

You create and configure a new connection in the Jive System Settings page.

To create and define a new connection:

  1. Open Jive Admin Console, navigate to System > Settings, and click Jive for SharePoint.
  2. In the SharePoint Connector Configuration page, click New Connection. The Edit Connection - Account window is displayed.
  3. Enter the connection details as follows:
    • SharePoint version - select your SharePoint installation version (2010 or 2013).
    • Connection Name - type in a name for the connection that you can easily find later.
  4. In Authentication Type, select how Jive authenticates to SharePoint. SharePoint-to-Jive authentication is always handled by sending a token to SharePoint via a service API.
    • If you select Claims, enter the appropriate values for WCtx, WTRealm, WReply, and ADFS STS URL.

      For more information about these fields, refer to your system administrator.

      Extend the SharePoint web application to use a different authentication type and different address. This enables your regular web application to continue working with Claims. For more information, see https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261698.aspx.

    • If you select NTLM, in the SharePoint Integration network domain field, specify the network domain name of the SharePoint Integration Admin user.
  5. Complete the connection properties by entering the following:
    • Integration Site Collection URL - this Site Collection is used for several server-to-server activities that are required for the bi-directional communication between the Jive server and the SharePoint web application. Main activities include:
      • Jive to SharePoint network connectivity validation
      • Sub-site or Site Collection creation process
    • SharePoint Integration Admin user name - specify a SharePoint user that is used as the integration administrator.

      The SharePoint Integration Admin is added as a Full Control admin for any new site created on SharePoint by Jive (in addition to the user who created the site).
      Serves as a fallback user for any operation, on either Jive or SharePoint, done by a user in one side of the integration and who is not mapped to a user on the other side of the integration.

      Set the SharePoint Integration Admin with the following permission level:

      • If the connection is used for creating Sub-sites, Site Collection Admin of the integration Site Collection.
      • If the connection is used for creating Site Collection, Site Collection Admin of the integration Site Collection and a Farm Admin.
    • SharePoint Integration Admin Password - type in the password for the SharePoint Integration Admin.
  6. Click Next.
    The system validates the connection configuration and displays the Site Details page.
  7. Specify the connection permission groups:
    • Jive-All-Users Permission Group(s) - type in one or more Active Directory security groups. Use semicolon (;) to specify more than one group.

      Users in the specified security groups are granted with View/Edit permissions to Open or Members Only Jive places; and View/Edit permissions to the connected SharePoint sites.
      Typically, the specified security group(s) contain all the users who require access to the Jive community connected to SharePoint.

    • Jive-Admins Permissions Group(s) - type in one or more Active Directory security groups. Use a semicolon (;) to specify more than one user group.

      Users in the specified groups are granted with full permissions to all Jive-linked SharePoint sites. Make sure that the group members are admins on the Jive side.

    • Jive Server URL – specifies the URL that SharePoint uses to get to Jive. This is used by the Jive’s WSP component to perform connectivity validation from SharePoint to Jive.
    • SharePoint Container Creation Policy – specify the SharePoint container policy to use when a Jive place is connected to a new SharePoint container.
      • Sub-site - a new SharePoint sub-site is created in the selected location. This option requires you to select a parent SharePoint site.
      • Site Collection - a new SharePoint Site Collection is created under the Farm root path. See, Connecting Jive Places to SharePoint.
  8. Click Next to configure federated search settings.
    The Search Settings page is displayed.
    Federated search enables users to search for content in SharePoint sites from Jive. Federated search is available under the Bridged Communites section in the advanced search page.

    1. Click Add Community Search. The comnunity search properties are displayed.
      Enter the searched community details:
      • Display name in community search - type in a name for this community search. This name will appear under the Federated Search section in the Jive Search page.
      • SharePoint Search URL - specifies the search URL in the connected SharePoint site.
      • Search Scope - defines the scope of the search. Leave the default option: By Site / Site Collection.
      • Scope value - specifies the search scope in the connected SharePoint site.
      • Maximum results count - specify maximum number of search results.
      • Storage Instance - specifies the default Storage Instance for this SharePoint integration. You can select different Storage Instances if exist
    2. Click Add to save this searched community.
      The community search you have defined is added to the Search Settings page.

      Click to edit the community search settings.

      Click to delete the community search settings.

    3. Click Add Community Search to add more searched communities.
  9. Click Finish to create the connection.
    The connection is added to the list of SharePoint Connections on the Jive for SharePoint page.