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Background documentation Implementing an External-Facing Portal  Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

With this scenario variant, organizations can use the SAP NetWeaver Portal to expose applications, services and information over the Internet to customers, partners and employees.

The SAP NetWeaver portal provides tools and guidelines for implementing an external-facing portal for a variety of business scenarios for both anonymous and registered users. Organizations can create public Web portals that perform well in low-bandwidth networks and offer a familiar Web experience for anonymous users, as well as create Web portals that provide business partners, employees, and other registered users with a Web portal that fully supports SAP application functionality (business applications, KM, etc.).

By implementing an external-facing portal, companies can boost their portal project ROI by using the same platform for the company's Internet and intranet implementations.

Architecture of the Scenario Variant

The system landscape is the same as that for the Providing Uniform Content Access scenario variant.

Required Usage Types of SAP NetWeaver

The usage types are the same as those required for the Running an Enterprise Portal scenario.

IT Processes of the Scenario Variant

Information about implementing an external-facing portal is divided into four main sections. Each section describes a specific Information Technology (IT) process and provides information for administering and managing an aspect of the external-facing portal environment.

The following are the main IT processes when you implement an external-facing portal:



(1) Configuring the External-Facing Portal

You perform all necessary setup and configuration steps for the external-facing portal.

Examples of these tasks include enabling anonymous users, creating light navigation iViews, and assigning light content to anonymous and registered users.

(2) Creating External-Facing Portal Content

You can create additional light content that is suitable for an external-facing portal – that is, content that does not consume a lot of resources – and assign it to anonymous and registered users.

(3) Maintaining the External-Facing Portal

Create quick links to make it easier for users to navigate, and monitor usage of the portal, as required.

(4) Using the External-Facing Portal

Customers, business partners, and employees can access information, services, and applications in a Web portal. Users can view content, and register to personalize the portal and get access to additional content.

Related Information

Use the following documentation to implement an external-facing portal scenario-variant:



Installation and Upgrade

SAP NetWeaver Master Guide on SAP Service Marketplace at (installation) or (upgrade)


Solution Manager or Implementing an External-Facing Portal (in the SAP NetWeaver Technology Consultant's Guide)


SAP NetWeaver Technical Operations Manual (TOM): Implementing an External-Facing Portal


SAP NetWeaver Security Guide: Implementing an External-Facing Portal


SAP NetWeaver Portal Documentation: Implementing an External-Facing Portal


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