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Article version: Enterprise Server 2.18

Using built-in authentication

When you use the default authentication method, all authentication details are stored within your GitHub Enterprise Server instance. Built-in authentication is the default method if you don’t already have an established authentication provider, such as LDAP, SAML, or CAS.

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You can create custom messages that users will see on the sign in and sign out pages. For more information, see "Customizing user messages on your instance."

Configuring built-in authentication

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click .
    Rocketship icon for accessing site admin settings
  2. In the left sidebar, click Management Console.
    Management Console tab in the left sidebar
  3. In the left sidebar, click Authentication.
    Authentication tab in the settings sidebar
  4. Select Built in authentication.
    Select built-in authentication option

Two-factor authentication

When using LDAP or built-in authentication, two-factor authentication is supported. Organization administrators can require members to have two-factor authentication enabled.

Creating your account and adding users

Once your instance has been created, you'll need to create your own admin account and use it to provision users.

  1. On the "Create Admin Account" page at http(s)://[hostname]/join, choose your username, password, and email address, then click Create an account.
    Create Admin Account
  2. Sign in to your GitHub Enterprise Server instance at http(s)://HOSTNAME/login.
  3. In the upper-right corner of any page, click .
    Rocketship icon for accessing site admin settings
  4. In the left sidebar, click Invite user.
    Invite user tab in the site admin console
  5. Type the username and email address for each of the user accounts that you'd like to create, then click Generate a password reset link.
    Generate a password reset link button

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