Using IIS with QlikView and custom users

This blog describes best practices for the implementation architecture of the web client authentication solutions for QlikView®.


Flexibility and trust are the basic principles for customization of authentication in QlikView:

  • Flexibility is achieved when authentication is performed outside the QlikView platform.

  • Trust is established between the authenticating party and QlikView, making QlikView more secure. Based on this trust, QlikView accepts the identity of the user that is supplied by the authenticating party.

Many commercial and open-source identity federation products permit the separation of authentication from business applications like QlikView. The applications receive information about users by transferring this information by using HTTP headers. Such systems are typically integrated with one of the following methods:

  • By using filters that run inside of the web server, such as Internet Information Services (IIS)

  • By using reverse proxies that run in front of the web server of the business application, such as QlikView Web Server (QVWS) services or an IIS web server that runs QlikView

The following sections describe the steps to authenticate web clients for Qlikview, to set up QVWS to use Document Metadata Service (DMS) and custom users for authentication, and to test the configuration.

Configure the IIS virtual folders and files

Configure the virtual folders in IIS, changing the defaults as described in the following sections.

Configure the QlikView AJAX folder

To configure the QvAJAXYfc folder statuses, modify the settings as shown in the following image:

  • Anonymous Authentication should be Enabled.

  • Windows Authentication should be Disabled.

Configure the AccessPointSettings file

To make sure that the Web Server settings can be reached through the QlikView Enterprise Management Console (QEMC), set the AccessPointzSettings.apsx file statuses as shown in the following image:

  • Anonymous Authentication should be Disabled.

  • Windows Authentication should be Enabled.

Set up QlikView for custom users

To set up QlikView for custom users, change the Authorization on the Security tab of the QlikView server to DMS authorization as shown in the following image:

Set up the directory service and custom users

The following sections provide the steps to set up the directory service and add custom users.

Set up the directory service

To set up the directory service for custom users, first create the Custom group. Click on the green plus sign on the right side of the window and then click Edit. This sets the default value to Custom. Click Apply to save the setting and to open a new tab labeled Users, as shown in the following image:

Add custom users

To add custom users, fill in the requested information in the Users tab for each custom user and click Add. Then select the user and click Apply, as shown in the following image:

Configure the Web Server to accept custom users

To configure the Web Server to accept custom users, change the Type to Custom User in the Authentication tab and set the Login Address to Alternate Login Page as shown in the following image:

Set up the documents for DMS authentication

To set up the documents for DMS authentication, select a document in the Documents tab, click the Authorization tab, click Add, and enter the username as shown in the following image. This can be done while the Publisher is doing a reload and distribution.

Test the configuration

To test the configuration, insert your server name and in a web browser go to https://<servername>/qlikview, as shown in the following image:

Enter your username and password and click Login. The following image shows the result of user CUSTOM\BB logging in:


The preceding steps support the principle of authenticating users from outside QlikView and add flexibility to the QlikView product. The solution that you select depends on the architecture where the solution is going to be applied. With the processes in this post, you can overcome the limitation of extending access to QlikView dashboards and reports for your external users.

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Ananda Yadavaram

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