Ares Standard: Authentication Process & Customizing Settings

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By default, all Ares installations are set up with Standard Ares authentication. This type of authentication allows anyone with access to the registration pages to register him or herself, choose a username and password, and then use that username and password to login to the Ares web later. 


All new users have access to the Student Tools menu, but, depending upon your clearance and instructor privilege settings, new Faculty users may need to be manually cleared in the staff interface before they can access the Instructor Tools menu and create courses. Staff can review those users, disavow them if they are not allowed to use the system or clear them as valid users with Instructor Privileges. Staff can clear customers at any point in the process. Standard authentication does not verify user information against any external system upon registration or login. Once a customer registers with Ares he or she is allowed to login to the web interface until staff either blocks the user or disavows the user from the system.


For Standard Ares authentication, the AuthenticationMethod key should be set to Ares. This key is located in the User Authentication section of the customization manager. This type of authentication allows users to reset their password via the Ares web interface by providing their usernames and receiving an email with a link to provide a new password.


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