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How to Manage Privileged Accounts and Identities

Recent trends in security breaches show that hackers are resorting to the most obvious method of attack in order to access and profit off of your sensitive information – the front door. I’m referring to privileged account credentials, the hacker’s most coveted asset. Remember the Target breach? On December 12, 2013, the retail giant was…

Sentinel Using Externally Signed Certificates

By default Sentinel creates a self-signed certificate which would be valid for 100 years. Due to security reasons we should sign the SSL certificate with Certificate Authority. This document describes the steps involved in creating a custom certificate for Sentinel with the third-party CA.

Take a Strategic Approach to Identity and Access Management

As corporations continue their trend towards hybrid environments, IT organizations are discovering another level of complexity to their any, any, any initiatives. The reality is that for most environments hybrid isn’t as simple as cloud-only architectures. Included in the mix of hybrid complexity are the Identity and Access Management (IAM) capabilities that must span across…

Simplified steps to migrate the EAS database to a supported PostgreSQL database using the Migration Utility

With IDM 4.6 released, we are completely moving from EAS to Sentinel. This post provides information about migrating the EAS database to a supported PostgreSQL database using the Data Migration Utility v0.1. This post also provides information about cleaning up the migrated database using the Data Cleanup Utility v0.1.

Complete On-premise SharePoint 2016 Setup Guide with simple easy steps – with troubleshooting

This post is a complete solution for setting up SharePoint 2016 on-premise. Most of the documents available online do not provide a complete solution/steps to install SharePoint 2016 with all of the prerequisites to be installed manually. Also, troubleshooting steps are provided for some of the most common mistakes done while installing. This post will…

Creating Dynamic Groups in the IDM Engine

I was recently asked to help troubleshoot a perceived problem with Dynamic Groups. While at first I thought the problem was non-working dynamic groups, in actuality the problem was less about Dynamic Groups on their own and more about IDM working with them, specifically creating them or setting their memberQuery attribute; the memberQuery attribute holds…

How to Help your Help Desk for Better IT Service Delivery

Today’s “always on, always available” business culture has unintended consequences for your IT team. IT services are expected to be instantly available at all times—and the first line that normally gets hit with complaints and ire is your IT Help Desk. If your goal is continuous IT service delivery, then surely an important area to…

Monitoring the Cloud: What’s Needed?

More and more organizations are digitally transforming their business by moving to the cloud. This isn’t surprising—but it does present a challenge to the IT team who is increasingly becoming a “broker” for these cloud services. IT (despite not controlling the underlying infrastructure, platforms, or even applications providing the cloud service) is still on the…

Identity Manager 4.6 – Users Catalog

Identity Manager 4.6 brings a modern Users Catalog for you, through which you can get user details, find user permissions, groups a user belongs to, or edit user details…

Creating Custom License Entitlements for Office 365

NetIQ released an interesting driver, that supports the Office 365 environment. I am not entirely sure I understand all the subtleties of the Microsoft Online stuff, but that is ok, I know enough to be dangerous. I wrote a review of the policies in the driver…

How VMWare ESX and ESXi Memory Ballooning impacts Access Manager

Most Access Manager deployments are virtualized. There are many advantages to virtualization but there are some disadvantages. The NetIQ documentation provides the basic guidance that you should ensure that the same resources that a physical machine would provide are available to your virtual machine. This article will discuss how to do that for memory. I’ll…

Mirror iManager Plug-ins on local server

Your environment runs fine, all hosts are up and running. You install the latest updates but then you have to install a few iManager NPMs or you need new/updated designer modules. Normally you do not allow your iManager/Designer to connect to the internet. So you have to reconfigure them to use the proxy, maybe set…

Sentinel 8.0.1 is released!

You can upgrade to Sentinel 8.0.1 from Sentinel 7.3 or later. Resolves Account enumeration (CVE-2017-5184), Remote denial-of-service (CVE-2017-5185), and Java Deserialization (CVE-2016-1000031) security vulnerabilities…

Sentinel Link Connector 2011.1r4 is released!

Sentinel Link Connector 2011.1r4 resolves the Bar Mitzvah (CVE-2015-2808) security vulnerability. Locates the directory that contains the Jersey jar and successfully sends events to Sentinel, and more…