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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Improve Engagement with External Users with SSO. Can you really “have” your cake and “eat” it too? I mean I have cake; I certainly can eat it. Simple, right? Not always. This phrase has created confusion for many years. In the very most literal form of the phrase, you can’t really retain your cake once…

nlpconfig: A CLI utility to work with LDAP Proxy configuration

NetIQ LDAP Proxy uses an XML configuration file nlpconf.xml. Sometimes it can get difficult editing the XML file repeatedly to try out policy combinations, complex condition flows, etc. This utility tries to make it slightly simpler by providing a shell friendly command line interface to view the configuration in a human-readable format on the console…

Avoid the Access Certification Jelly Bean Count

Updated with webinar links. Because certifying individual access is as tedious and inefficient as counting jelly beans, managers often validate every user’s access without really looking closely at it. This lack of attention means that some users might maintain inappropriate levels of access.

Reading through the OSP log file – Part 2

In the first part of this series I noted I would walk through the procedure a user login to OSP for IDMProv might take, and show a specific error I ran into. In the previous article I showed it rendering the login page, seeing the user is not authenticated, and then deciding to redirect to…

Reading through the OSP log file – Part 1

If you have been following the evolution of Identity Manager at NetIQ/Micro Focus you will have noticed how logins have changed with the latest versions of IDM 4.02 (Home and Provisioning Dashboard add on) and IDM 4.5 and higher. Previously the login to User Application was direct, and if you wanted to do Single Sign…

We’re Looking for Input on the Future of Our Community site

With the merger of Novell, NetIQ, and SUSE with Attachmate…… then the merger of The Attachmate Group with Micro Focus……. Then the Micro Focus acquisition of Serena, well…… we currently have a quite a disjointed customer community running on multiple platforms and it’s quite a mess. When I talk “community”, it’s the places where you can…

String normalization – Removing accents and diacritic marks

An increasingly common requirement within Identity Management projects is to remove or substitute some characters in a given string. Usually these are non-English (ASCII) characters, accents and diacritic marks. We live in an increasingly global environment. This often causes challenges in identity projects where one must synchronise identity data (names, locations) from a diversity of different…

User App Error starting JMS Persistence for Notification

With Identity Manager 4.5 the way the User Application is configured changed a great deal. Previously, the configupdate.sh tool would do a fair bit of work, unpacking the IDMProv.war file, which is really just a very large ZIP file, changing some of the internal configuration files, and then repack it. As you can imagine, this…

Tips to find SQL Server CPU Bottlenecks

Many times you may experience regular slowdowns on MS SQL database. There could be many reasons for CPU bottleneck on MS SQL Server but one of the main reasons for CPU bottlenecks is insufficient hardware resources. However, CPU utilization can usually be reduced by configuration changes and query tuning so you may like to avoid…

Managing Office 365 license (Individual Service Plans) via Identity Manager

Office 365 licensing is unique where it is possible to mix and match various Enterprise Plans. The two common types of plans offered are Enterprise Packaged Plans and Enterprise Individual Plans. Currently there are three different packaged enterprise plans offered which are E1, E3, and E4. The enterprise…

Several Sentinel Collector are released!

VMware ESXi Collector 2011.1r5, Cisco IronPort Collector 2011.1r2, HP TippingPoint Collector 2011.1r2, Microsoft SQL Server Collector 2011.1r4, Cisco Firewall Collector 2011.1r4, and more…

Getting Started with OSP – Part 2

In the previous article on OSP I discussed the certificates needed, and the order of install. Since this is critically important to get OSP working let me repeat quickly here. There are two keystores involved, the general Java stack (/opt/netiq/idm/apps/jre/lib/security/cacerts) and the OSP keystore. In principle you could have a third for Tomcat, but I…

Monitoring Access Manager with New Relic APM

This cool solution will explain how to enable monitoring for Access Manager’s Identity Server with New Relic APM service so that we can monitor the Identity Server performance using the New Relic portal.

Sentinel Connector Plug-in for AWS and Office 365

Most of the deployment scenarios of Sentinel and the devices it collects events from are OnPrem, but lately there is a paradigm shift where organizations are moving to the public cloud like AWS and Office 365 where users deploy instances, services, etc…

Improving the Return on Investment of Identity Governance

To gain a higher ROI for identity governance, your organization must focus less on maintaining compliance and more on reducing the risk of data breaches.