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How to Deploy a Centralized Web Portal for Accessing Business, Communications, and Back-Office Applications

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Chartered in 1946 as the country’s first national laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research centers. Argonne has about 3000 employees, including more than 1000 scientists and engineers, of whom more than half hold doctorate degrees. Argonne’s annual operating budget of nearly $500 million supports nearly 200 research projects, ranging from studies of the atomic nucleus to research on global climate change. Since 1990, Argonne has worked with more than 600 companies and numerous federal agencies as well as other organizations. Based in Argonne, Illinois, the laboratory is operated by the University of Chicago.

Like most private and public research facilities, Argonne must maintain a wide range of applications for users working both locally and remotely. With its wealth of scientific expertise, the laboratory must also support a variety of internal and external Web portals that deliver backoffice, administrative, and communications services to the lab’s eclectic array of subject-matter experts. Argonne National Laboratory deployed Sun Java Enterprise System portal and related services in 2004 to support its users and manage its operations. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the architecture, installation, and configuration of the portal server, access manager for single sign-on, web server, directory server, and related components in a highly-available, load-balanced configuration. The portal environment is now used by Argonne's roughly 3,000 employees.

<strong>Authors:</strong> David Salbego
<strong>Institution:</strong> Argonne National Laboratory

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