Last modified: January 13, 2021

Work through the settings screens to configure Connect.

System Info

Displays Alteryx Connect version information, directory locations, license status, and other information.

Password Settings

Admin Password

Set a New Password for the superuser account 'admin'.

  • Type a password.
  • Type the password again to verify correct entry.
  • Select Save.

H2 Password

Set a New Password for the H2 database.

  • Type a password.
  • Type the password again to verify correct entry.
  • Select Save.

Instance Settings

Set the values associated with your instance of Connect.

  • Instance Name: Type or paste a name for the instance connection.
  • Base URL: Type or paste the URL where the Connect instance will be hosted.
  • Appearance theme: Select to view the user interface in either the modern or legacy theme.
  • Enable asset recommendation: When enabled, enter a cron expression to schedule the Asset recommendation calculation. By default, the asset recommendation is calculated daily at 2am. Recommendations improve as you continue to use Connect.
  • Use CDN for JS & CSS files: When enabled, libraries are downloaded from CDN. If disabled, files are downloaded from the Connect server.
  • Help us improve Alteryx Connect by allowing the collection of anonymous usage data: Select to provide usage data to the Customer Experience Improvement program. This is selected by default.

    usage Data Collected

    As part of the Customer Experience Improvement program, Connect can gather information on how users are interacting with the Connect platform in accordance with the Alteryx Privacy Policy. This includes any time a user interacts with a page or performs a search.

    When a user begins a session, Connect gathers the following information:

    • A hash value of the user's license number.
    • The version of Connect in use.
    • A hash value of the SeatGuid.
    • The timestamp of when the datapack was prepared.

    For each user interaction within a session, Connect gathers the following information:

    • A hash value of the user ID.
    • A hash value of the entry ID.
    • The event type, such as search versus page selection.
    • The timestamp of when the event occurred.
    • An identifier related to the current session.

    Select Save.

Single Sign-On

Add and manage single sign-on options. You can select either a new SAML or Active Directory option.

Add a New SAML Option

Add and manage single sign-on options for multiple IDPs. To add a new SAML option:

  • Select + ADD to open the New SAML window.
    Provide a Name, Icon, and Description of the new IDP. Then select the method you want to use to provide Identity provider details.
    You may need to visit the IDP site for the necessary information.
    • Add IDP endpoint: Enter the SSO URL endpoint and Entity ID, which is a globally unique name for a SAML entity. The ID and endpoint locations do not need to match, but both should contain the needed URL paths and ports to be reached by an external service.
    • Upload IDP metadata: Select Choose File to browse to a local XML file that contains the IDP metadata, then select Open to upload the file.
    • Get IDP metadata from URL: Provide the IDP Metadata URL. Connect can only access publicly-available URLs.
  • Select Use Windows Authentication for Single Sign-On to link users' Connect logon with their Windows logon. See Windows Authentication.

Use the table to manage configured IDPs.

  • In the Active field, select the black icon to enable an IDP for use. Confirm, and a confirmation message appears in the bottom left. The icon changes to a green check mark.
  • In the Actions field:
    • Select the pencil icon to edit an existing IDP connection. Select Save to confirm.
    • Select the trash can icon to remove an existing IDP connection. Select Remove to confirm.

Use the information provided under Alteryx Connect Details when registering Connect as a service provider with an IDP. For more information on how to register a service provider with an IDP, see the IDP's documentation.

  • Endpoint URL: The location an IDP points to when making a connection.
  • Entity ID: The unique identifier for Connect as a service provider.
  • Start URL: The URL available when first logging on to your Connect instance.
  • Download Metadata: This creates a service provider metadata file that can be used to configure the IDP when configuring SAML single sign-on.

Advanced Settings

Advanced settings contains options for changing your default Connect certificate, certificate key, and certificate store. 

Add a New Active Directory Option

We provide connectors for the most popular LDAP directory - Microsoft Active Directory (AD). To add a new Active directory option, select + ADD to open the Add Active Directory window.

  • Provide a Directory Name. Optionally, specify the value for the Default Internal Group field. This field determines which internal group the new users are added to.
  • You can specify the way how Full Name of a user will be constructed. You can use any LDAP attribute to create the Full Name. For example, ${displayName} (${sAMAccountName}) will be displayed as John Doe (jdoe).
  • In Server settings, provide a Hostname and Port. Optionally, specify Username and Password. For communication on secure protocol, check the Use SSL box. If your directory server is configured for the anonymous mode, check the Use anonymous box.
  • In Schema settings provide Base DN, a root node in LDAP from which to search for users and groups.
  • If you want to add new parameters, configure the User Schema, Group Schema, and Membership Schema settings.
  • In Other, you can specify the way how an XID of a user will be constructed by entering the XID Definition.
    • Use any LDAP attribute: for example, ${mail} will create an XID for the user with the email
    • In case that Active Directory loader finds an existing user with the same XID value in Connect, it will merge these two together. This user will be handled as loaded from AD.
    • Leave blank to let Connect create the XIDs in a default way.

Limitations for Active Directory Option​​​​​

Usernames with spaces are not accepted.

Users disabled in Active Directory

In case users are disabled in Active Directory, they will be disabled also in Connect after the sychronization with AD. For more information, see the People article.

SMTP Settings

Configure an outgoing SMTP mail server to enable the communication features of Alteryx Connect, including sign-up, sharing and notifications. Also, see the Notification Queue status. 

Notification Queue Status

Notification Queue allows you to decide what to do with the items in your queue.

To see the current Notification Queue status, navigate to Admin Menu > Settings > SMTP Settings > Notification Queue Status.

For more information how to set Notification Queue, see the Maintenance article. 

SMTP Settings

Set the SMTP, or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, settings to enable Connect's communication features. Select Skip to proceed with all communication features disabled.

  • Host Name: Type or paste the name of your host server.
  • SMTP Port: Type or paste the port number assigned to your protocol. Standard SMTP ports are 25, 465, and 587.
  • From email address: Type or paste the email address associated with outgoing communication.

Set your Subject Prefix:

  • To specify a subject prefix can help users to set email rules and store the emails in a separate folder.
  • Define the string which is put in the beginning of the email subject when sending emails from Connect. Leave blank for no prefix.

Set your Connection Security options.

  • Use TLS: Select to use Transport Layer Security, or TLS, a cyptographic protocol. TLS is preferred in modern web systems.
  • Use SSL: Select to use Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, a cytographic protocol.

Set your SMTP Server Authentication. To use authentication for SMTP server, check the Use authentication for SMTP server box.

Select Save.

Alteryx Gallery

Establish connections between Connect and Alteryx Gallery.

To link Connect and Alteryx Gallery, you must have administrator access to an Alteryx Gallery.

  1. Enter the Gallery Name and Gallery URL associated with your Alteryx Gallery.
  2. You can choose from two Gallery authentication types.
    With Built-in authentication you have to enter your Gallery username and password while adding an Alteryx Gallery.
    By choosing Integrated Windows authentication,  you have to enter your domain username and password.
  3. Enter the admin Gallery username and Gallery password you use to log into the Alteryx Gallery.
  4. By checking Do not obtain API keys automatically, you’ll have to enter the API credentials manually. 
  5. Enter the Gallery key associated with your Alteryx Gallery, known as the admin API key in Alteryx Gallery.
    To find the Gallery key, log into your Alteryx Gallery using your admin credentials. Access Settings, and select Keys. Copy the Admin API Key.
  6. Enter the Gallery secret associated with your Alteryx Gallery.
    To find the Gallery secret, log into your Alteryx Gallery using your admin credentials. On the side menu, access Data Connections.
  7. Enter the Connect loader username and Connect loader password you used to configure your metadata loaders.

Test: Select to test the connection to your Alteryx Gallery.

Save: Select to save the connection information, which can be viewed on the Connection tab.

Save and Harvest: Select to save the connection information and collect metadata available from Alteryx Gallery. The metadata is available to Connect users on the Data Sources asset page. See Understand Assets. If a loader requires credentials, edit them on the Connection tab.

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