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Configuring IDT for Windows AD Authentication

The Information Design Tool or IDT is the new universe authoring tool for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4. This tool allows you to create the new UNX format universes that are required by some of the new BusinessObjects tools. However, if you want to do this using your Windows Active Directory login, there’s an extra step involved before you can start with this tool.

If you try to log in with your Windows AD account right after installing IDT, you’re going to most likely get an error like “Unable to locate a login configuration” or “Could not load configuration file C:\Windows\krb5.ini (The system cannot find the file specified)“. Users of past versions of the BusinessObjects client tools might be thrown by this — Windows AD logins always worked out of the box before!

The problem lies in the fact that IDT, as well as a few of the other “new” tools from BusinessObjects, is written in Java. Because of this, IDT uses something called Kerberos to communicate with your Windows Active Directory domain controller. Kerberos needs to know some information about your domain in order to talk to it — that’s where the mysterious “krb5.ini” file comes in.

Thankfully, if you can already log into BI Launchpad with your Windows account, these files will already exist on your BI server. Following the steps in SAP Note 1621106, copy the krb5.ini and bscLogin.conf files from your BI server to your local machine where the client tools are installed. The default path is C:\Windows, but the note explains how you can configure a different location.

If you object to this extra setup and would rather not deal with copying files from your BI server, well SAP has a note for that too. As Note 1765515 explains, you’re out of luck. Your best bet is to find a way to deal with this setup, because this will be the new normal for now!

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