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1Mobile Security


The idea is to access MicroStrategy applications with entering Windows user credentials on mobile device. To achieve this result, further steps should be done:

1.1Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager configuration


  1. Open “Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager” on MicroStrategy server. Press mouse button on server (1st step on Picture 18) and then double click on Authentication (2nd step on Picture 18).

Picture IIS configuration

Make sure that Anonymous Authentication and Forms Authentication are disabled, ASP .NET Impersonation and Windows Authentication are enabled (Picture 19).

Picture server authentication

After that, navigate to Server --> Sites --> Default Web Sites (1st step on Picture 20) and double click on Authentication (2nd step on Picture 20).

Picture Default Web Sites


Make sure that Anonymous Authentication and Forms Authentication are disabled, ASP .NET Impersonation and Windows Authentication are enabled (Picture 21).

Picture Default Web Sites authentication

Navigate to Server --> Sites --> Default Web Sites --> MicroStrategyMobile (1st step on Picture 22) and double click on Authentication (2nd step on Picture 22).

Picture MicroStrategyMobile


Make sure that Anonymous Authentication and Forms Authentication are disabled, ASP .NET Imersonation and Windows Authentication are enabled (Picture 23).

Picture MicroStrategyMobile Authentication


Navigate to Server --> Sites --> Default Web Sites --> MicroStrategyMobile --> asp (1st step on Picture 24) and double click on Authentication (2nd step on Picture 24).

Picture asp


Make sure that Anonymous Authentication and Forms Authentication are disabled, ASP .NET Imersonation and Windows Authentication are enabled (Picture 25).

Picture asp authentication

Now the IIS is prepared for Windows authentication from MicroStrategy Mobile devices.

1.2Mobile server configuration for Windows authentication


While connected to remote MicroStrategy server, navigate to Start --> All Programs --> MicroStrategy Tools --> MicroStrategy Administrator and open it (Picture 26).

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Picture MicroStrategy Mobile Administrator

Go to Mobile configuration (1st step on Picture 27) and press Define New Configuration (2nd step on Picture 27), select device and press OK.

Picture Define New Configuration

In this window, go to Connectivity settings, enter Configuration name (1st step on Picture 28) and choose Windows as Default Mobile Server Authentication (2nd step on Picture 28). Click on Configure New Mobile Server (it will appear). In Mobile Server name enter ademstr1.de.festo.net (for testing server) or ademstr2.de.festo.net (for production server) (3rd step on Picture 28). Make sure that Use default authentication is ticked (4th step in Picture 28). Choose Windows as Default Project authentication (5th step on Picture 28) and click on Configure New Project (it will appear). After that, server could ask once to enter your credentials. Enter Your Windows account name and password. Then select a project from the list (6th step on Picture 28) and be sure that Use default authentication is ticked (7th step on Picture 28).

Picture defining new Configuration

If you want to see the entire project in Mobile device, now you could press Save button. If you would like to see only one dashboard with this configuration, please follow the next steps.
Go to Home Screen (1st step on Picture 29) and select Display a custom home screen (2nd step on Picture 29). Press the arrow button (3rd step on Picture 29) and click Login without entering any credentials (4th step on Picture 29).

Picture Home screen

Navigate to Report or Document which you would like to see as home screen and select it (Picture 30). Click Save to save the configuration.

Picture Home screen selection



Note: Do not enter user credentials while defining a new configuration. In the process of testing the linking to concrete dashboard doesn’t worked with defined user credentials. Users will be prompted for their Windows account credentials the first time they access the application, and their credentials will be saved for subsequent logins.

When configuration is saved, there are two ways to use it: 1. Generate URL for mobile device (it works with official MicroStrategy Mobile application from App Store) or 2. Use configuration file while recompiling Dashboard to native Application for mobile device (this is used for recompiled apps for internal app store).




  1. Generate URL for mobile device: click on World icon (Picture 31)

Picture Generating URL

In the opened window, select Windows Authentication mode (1st step on Picture 32). After that, click Generate URL button (2nd step on Picture 32) and copy the whole URL (3rd step on Picture 32).

Picture Generating URL

Send this URL to your mobile device (via e-mail or other possible way) and open this URL with your mobile device (make sure that MicroStrategy Mobile application is installed in your device) This URL will link you directly to the MicroStrategy Mobile application and launch the selected project or dashboard (what was defined in configuration). Configuration will be saved in MicroStrategy Mobile application until you opened another URL of configuration.



  1. Using configuration file: all saved configuration files are placed on X:/Program Files/MicroStrategy/Mobile Server/WEB-INF/xml/mobile directory (Picture 33). Those files could be used for recompiling MicroStrategy reports or dashboards to native Mobile device applications later on.


Picture configuration files




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