Virtual Identity Server (VIS) for SharePoint extends SharePoint’s functionality to create a more secure, manageable environment and enhance the authentication and authorization of SharePoint.


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VIS Extends SharePoint’s Functionality

The Virtual Identity Server extends SharePoint’s functionality to create a more secure, manageable environment. Key features include:

  • Single sign-on capabilities
  • The ability to access a single, real-time view of identity data from multiple data stores
  • Locations

SharePoint is the industry-leading business intelligence portal. It enables organizations to organize, share and collaborate information within a web portal environment. If deployed without the appropriate measures, administration of multi-forest SharePoint environments can quickly become a challenge. This leads to a mismanaged deployment with increased cost, complexity and security risks.

VIS for SharePoint enables organizations to effectively deploy and maintain SharePoint in a secure, manageable fashion, saving them time and greatly reducing the total cost of administration. vis-for-sharepoint-2x

Features of VIS for SharePoint

Virtual Identity Server for SharePoint (VIS for SharePoint) provides intelligent claims-based authentication and federation in SharePoint. Use it as part of a secure, manageable multi-forest SharePoint solution.

Benefits of VIS for SharePoint

Meet Audit and Compliance Initiatives

More secure and effective multi-forest SharePoint environments mean an easier path to regulatory compliance. With VIS, you can:

– Achieve audit and compliance requirements quickly and easily

– Reduce security risks with automated processes that ensure permissions are correct and the least amount of access is granted.

– Leverage and extend the existing investment in the Microsoft platform.

Reduced IT Costs

By providing claims-based authentication for SharePoint, Virtual Identity Server increases the value of your existing Microsoft environment.

– VIS leverages the existing investment in Microsoft technology, extending it with increased functionality.

– VIS is developed in .NET technology and is designed to seamless integrate with your Microsoft environment.

– It is a platform that continues to grow with an organization’s needs.

– VIS has proven solutions for Microsoft applications such as SharePoint and MIIS/ILM.

Eliminate Deployment Barriers

VIS allows organizations to rapidly and easily deploy applications to users existing in multiple Active Directory forests or directories.

– The VIS Schema Manager™ eliminates the need to extend the Active Directory schema for third party LDAP applications.

– VIS allows you to rapidly deploy applications to users existing in multiple Active Directory Forests without any forest trusts.

– VIS simplifies your identity management deployment by accessing data at its source directly.

– VIS provides multiple views of data, allowing for easy discreet application views of enterprise data.

Built In the Virtual Identity Server Platform

VIS for SharePoint is built on Optimal IdM’s flagship Virtual Identity Server platform. The Virtual Identity Server has been designed exclusively in .NET to leverage your existing investment in Microsoft infrastructure, while extending the capabilities of Active Directory and SharePoint. vis-sharepoint-integration-2x

Seamless Cross-Forest Windows Authentication Module Without Trusts

The Virtual Identity Server (VIS) allows organizations to rapidly and easily to deploy SharePoint across multiple forests without the need for forest trusts with full Office integration. Many companies have multiple internal Active Directory forests that do not have any forest trust relationships. There are many valid reasons for separating and isolating these forests. However, this often conflicts with the business need to share and collaborate data across these forests. The Virtual Identity Server makes this once difficult task, easy to achieve. VIS bridges the gap of these siloed directories. This provides a single enterprise view of these isolated directories, while maintaining the security and control of the existing Active Directory infrastructure. Questions? Contact Optimal IdM, to see how we separate ourselves from other SharePoint authentication providers.

Advanced Cross-Forest Windows Authentication Module


VIS for SharePoint includes an advanced cross-forest Windows authentication module. This module leverages a user’s existing Active Directory credentials, providing a seamless multi-forest Single Sign-On solution without requiring forest trusts. User’s who are logged into an Active Directory domain are automatically authenticated to SharePoint when accessing the site.

Users who have not authenticated to an Active Directory domain are prompted for a user id and password. This enables organizations to quickly and easily deploy one instance of SharePoint to external and internal users without creating a forest trust or requiring internal users to re-authenticate and full Office integration. For information on advanced claims search for SharePoint contact the Optimal IdM team today.

User Management

From our custom entitlements engine to self-service administration, the OptimalCloud offers administrators a complete user management system that includes a robust Delegated Administrative Identity Management system. user-management-graphic-01 (1)

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Compliance & Reporting

VIS has complete and comprehensive audit logging of all activity. All LDAP operations are logged and stored to a Microsoft SQL Server database for easy reporting and retrieval.

The Virtual Identity Server can help your organization meet audit and compliance initiatives such as those required by Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), Basel II, European Union Privacy Directive, Capital Accord HIPAA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Using the built-in web reporting , you can easily report on who logged in and when, and what changes they made. Reports can even be auto-scheduled for email distribution in a wide variety of formats (PDF, XLS, HTML).

SharePoint Challenges

SharePoint is a powerful collaboration tool, but there are many challenges with deploying and maintaining SharePoint. Highlighted below are just a few of the common challenges that VIS for SharePoint solves quickly and easily.

Multi-forest/User Repository Deployments

  • Do your users exist in more than one LDAP directory or user repository?
  • Do your have more than one AD forest?
  • Do you want to deploy SharePoint across more than one forest without setting up a trust?
  • Do you want to deploy SharePoint to both internal users and external users rapidly?

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User, Group and Site Administration – Governance

  • Is the administration of SharePoint overwhelming you?
  • Are your AD administrators and SharePoint administrators fighting over administration?
  • Do you lack a single point of administration for your SharePoint deployment?
  • Do you have costly and time consuming manual processes for managing users, groups and permissions?

Audit, Compliance and Reporting

  • Do users have the correct permissions and only the access they need?
  • Do you have the proper audit and compliance reports for SharePoint?
  • Have you failed an audit, or worried about failing an audit?
  • Do you have compliance reports on access/usage of SharePoint?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does VIS support Kerberos and/or NTLM/Negotiate authentications?

Yes, VIS supports Kerberos, NTLM and Negotiate as authentication options on both the listing side as well as the back-end connection sides.

Can I get a demo/evaluation version of VIS?

Yes. Please fill out a demo form with your contact information.

What data stores can the Virtual Identity Server connect to?

The Virtual Identity Server supports a number of data stores directly with out of the box adapters. Additionally, a customer or integrator can create adapters utilizing our built-in extensibility. [wpex more= “Read more” less= “Read less”]

Is your product FIPS compliant?

Yes. Our software is running in both non-secure and secure government networks.

Does VIS support caching?

Yes. There are multiple caching options with VIS. Caching can be configured on an object class by object class basis, with a time to live and cache size as well. Most organizations in most situations, however, do not need to use caching.

Do you SharePoint integration?

We support WSS 3.0, SharePoint 2007, 2010 & 2013.

Do you support server virtualization like HyperV or VMWARE?


Does VIS come as a 64-bit application?

Yes. VIS is now only offered in a 64-bit version of the product.

Is VIS supported on Windows 2012?

Yes. The Virtual Identity Server is certified on both Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Is VIS supported on Windows 2008?

Yes. The Virtual Identity Server is certified on both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Is VIS supported on Windows 2003?

Yes. The Virtual Identity Server is certified on both Windows Server 2003.

What additional software requirements does VIS have?

VIS was written in Microsoft’s .NET programming language and utilizes the .NET 4.5 Framework.

What encryption algorithms does your product support?

VIS can encrypt this information with any of the following algorithms Triple-DES (3DES), AES, RIJNDAEL and BLOWFISH

Does your product store any un-encrypted user id information or passwords?

Individual entries, such as bind accounts and passwords or even the entire XML file can be optionally encrypted using the GUI.

Is there a GUI to maintain the XML file?

Yes. There is a Windows GUI that provides an easy interface to edit the XML file. You can also edit the XML file manually if you prefer.

Can this XML file be shared across multiple VIS servers?

Yes. Multiple VIS server instances can all share the same XML file.

How does VIS store configuration information?

The product configuration is stored in one XML file, making the product extremely easy to configure and migrate.

What TCP/IP port does VIS run/listen on?

VIS can be configured to run on any port you choose provided another application is not using that port. You can choose the standard LDAP port of 389 or 636 (SSL).

Can VIS be load balanced?

Yes. VIS can be placed behind a load balancer (either software or hardware), allowing for a fail-over and load balancing configuration for the applications that connect to VIS. In addition, the connections that VIS makes to connected directories can be load balanced as well.

What types of listeners does VIS support?

VIS can listen via LDAP v3, REST Web Service, PowerShell out of the box, but can be extended to listen via any protocol/method desired using the API’s.  With 3rd party ODBC/ADO.NET Drivers, SQL calls can also be made.

How long does it take to install and configure VIS?

VIS installs in minutes, using a standard MSI/setup.exe. After installing the binary files, a wizard guides you through the configuration of the product. While the Virtual Identity Server has the most comprehensive features of any virtual directory product on the market, a key differentiator is how easy the product is to install and configure. [/wpex]

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