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Features of a Networked Enterprise
The hub workplace
The hub is the digital workplace that connects all spokes in a Networked Enterprise.
A defining feature of the hub is that when users are added to a spoke, they are automatically added to the hub. However, when users are revoked from spokes, they are not revoked from the hub.
A spoke is an independent digital workplace within a networked enterprise. A spoke site provides a community of users with a digital workplace where they can work together. These communities often have a specific theme or interest that brings them together. Spokes are created in the Enterprise Administration Panel (EAP) from an existing spoke template.
Membership to a spoke is controlled directly; however, whenever a spoke site adds a member, that member is automatically added to the hub's All Members group. Spoke members are a subset of hub members, so not all members in the hub will be in every spoke.
The enterprise administrator role is only available within a Networked Enterprise. Enterprise administrators have workplace administrator rights and privileges in each site of the Networked Enterprise. They control and manage the network and individual workplaces by using two essential tools:
- Enterprise Administration Panel (EAP): An area enterprise administrators access from the Control Panel of any digital workplace within a Networked Enterprise.
- Control Panel: Every spoke site (digital workplace) has a Control Panel for administering and managing the specific spoke site.
Only existing enterprise administrators can add or demote another enterprise administrator.
An enterprise administrator's actions in a digital workplace will appear on a locations' Activity page regardless of whether the administrator is a member of that digital workplace.
Enterprise Administration Panel (EAP)
The Enterprise Administration Panel (EAP) is how Networked Enterprise administrators can manage their hub and all of the spokes. Enterprise administrators cab access the EAP via the Control Panel of any workplace within the Networked Enterprise. Within the EAP console, enterprise administrators can centrally control, manage, and update the networked enterprise configuration.
Enterprise administrators can perform the following tasks within EAP:
- Changing the name and URL of a hub or spoke
- Creating a spoke
- Deleting a spoke
- Selecting which languages and features are available in a hub or spoke
- Enabling a spoke to search the hub
- Templating a spoke
- Managing the authentication method of a workplace using the EAP
- Setting the limits of a hub or spoke digital workplace
Master domain is an optional feature configured by the Igloo team during the deployment of your Networked Enterprise that allows authentication sessions to be shared across the hub and spoke digital workplaces. This means that:
- When users log in to the hub, they can also log in to the spokes without authenticating.
- When users log in to a spoke, they can also log in to the hub without authenticating.
- When users log in to a spoke, they can also log in to other spokes without authenticating.
Users will still need to be members of the digital workplaces to access content or navigate the digital workplace. Successfully authenticating to a workplace also does not guarantee that a user can see all the content in the workplace. The visibility of content is determined by access rules in the digital workplace.
With master domain enabled, if you select a link in the responsive mobile view that leads to another site in the Networked Enterprise, you will be taken to the site. Otherwise, it is not compatible with the mobile app.
Blog channels located in the hub workplace can have their content shared to select spokes. These shared articles will display in the Enterprise Feed widget. For more information, see:
- Enterprise Feed widget
- Enabling a hub blog channel to share content to spokes
- Sharing hub blog channel content to spokes
Searching the hub from a spoke
Spokes can be configured to allow users to search the hub. After performing a search and arriving on the Search Results page, users can select whether they are searching the hub or spoke using the dropdown down next to the search box. When switching between the available workplaces, the search must be rerun.
Hub searches have the following limitations:
- Only content can be searched.
- Only Content Type, Last Updated, and Include Archived Content filters can be applied.
To enable this functionality in a spoke, see Enabling a spoke to search the hub.
Membership and authentication
Member management defines how users will be added, removed, and assigned to groups in the hub and spoke sites. The Igloo platform supports four methods for member management:
- ILST: Sync users from a corporate Active Directory (AD).
- Invitations: Send invitations to specific users.
- Add members: Add users manually to a hub and/or spoke(s).
- Bulk user import: Bulk upload users from a pre-formatted spreadsheet.
Regardless of which membership management model is chosen, consider the following caveats when adding and revoking users in a Networked Enterprise:
- Adding a member to a spoke automatically adds them to the hub.
- Adding a member to the hub does not automatically add them to a spoke.
- Revoking users from a spoke will not automatically revoke them from the hub.
- Revoking users from the hub will automatically revoke them from any spokes to which they are members.
Managing authentication methods
Each digital workplace in a Networked Enterprise (i.e., the hub and spokes) have their own authentication configuration. This means that:
- Each digital workplace can have different authentication methods (i.e., Igloo, SSO, LDAP authentication).
- Each digital workplace can have different identity providers for SSO.
Authentication methods for each spoke can be both chosen and configured from the Enterprise Administration Panel (EAP). EAP Administrators can also lock the authentication methods to prevent site Administrators from making changes. To do so, select the spoke under Networked Enterprise Sites, followed by the Authentication tab. You can also modify the SAML or LDAP configuration within each spoke by selecting the Control Panel followed by Sign In Settings.
When setting up a Networked Enterprise, the Igloo team will advise on how best to set up the Networked Enterprise to meet your organization's goals. However, the following example is meant to give you an idea of what a typical Network Enterprise structure looks like.
In this example, each spoke uses its own Active Directory, ILST, and IDP. A user's membership is directly synced to their spoke, and they must authenticate with their spoke before being able to access the hub. Some content creators and administrators may be given credentials to sign in directly to the hub in order to manage enterprise-wide collaborative resources.
Syncing members directly to the hub should be avoided. Using multiple ILSTs to sync to a single workplace can cause conflicts in which members get added or removed. This is avoided by using separate ILST syncs for each spoke. With this setup, if a user is revoked from a spoke, they also must be manually revoked from the hub.
Looking at a single spoke more closely:
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