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Update MetaData From File

NAM4.2 and previous versions have a Central Metadata Repository where an XML file can be uploaded and the Metadata in the file can be used to create Service Providers (SPs) and Identity Providers (IDPs) and supply the needed metadata for the SPs and IDPs. Reloading the Central Metadata Repository again will update the internal data so that if new SPs and IDPs are created, they will use the new Metadata from the reloaded repository.

Log Capturing in Access Manager

When working with our support team to troubleshoot Access Manager, it‘s common for them to ask for logs. But gathering the right logs with the right settings can be confusing if you aren’t familiar with the process. The following videos guide you through setting logging levels when troubleshooting problems with Access Manager. Check out both…

Aegis ‘Depot’ Activity – Aegis Activities for Sentinel and Change Guardian

Following on from part 1 of the Sentinel Activities for Aegis, part 2 brings with it some specifics for Change Guardian, enhanced activity outputs and improved error handling for JSON serialization. As mentioned in part 1 ( here ) , the Change Guardian Product backend is based on Sentinel so the first bundle of activities, login,…

Scalability for the Real World

For some companies, scalability in the IT world means adding more and more hardware. Data centers of giants like Facebook, Amazon, and Google use what Gartner calls web-scale IT architecture, while others simply invest in more truckloads of traditional IT infrastructure. But with AppManager 9 we took a different approach to scalability. In my last…

Validator Launcher for Mac

NetIQ Validator comes with launch scripts for all supported platforms (Linux/Mac/Windows) but those are console mode shell scripts and offer not much comfort. A while ago when I was still using a Windows laptop as my main workhorse, I wrote a little tool to quickly launch NetIQ Validator from a task bar icon instead. Since I moved on to a MacBook in the mean time and Validator runs on OS-X just fine, I jumped at the opportunity to try out Apple’s new programming language Swift and wrote a native Mac version over the summer…

Parcel Service for NetIQ Designer 4.5

NetIQ Designer for Identity Manager 4.5 includes a powerful concept called packages. If you’re not familiar with all the details and features of packages, please read up on the documentation about Managing Packages and Developing Packages as well as Geoffrey’s excessive series about packages. Once you developed your own packages it quickly comes to distributing…

Registering the MSG Driver issues with Reporting

With IDM 4.0, NetIQ introduced the Reporting module. This is something we have wanted for a long time, the ability to generate reports on IDM related stuff. What stuff is that? Well that depends, and is probably the topic for a series of articles about Reporting. However, to set some basic understanding, let me try…

IDM 4.5 OSP SAML2 SOAP Envelopes

For those that missed the unclear documentation, only NetIQ Access Manager is “supported” for SAML 2.0 into OSP. Future releases are planned to make this actual federation (i.e. any IDP), but that is some time off. That being said, people have managed to use other IDPs to provide federated sign on into the application. One…

Extending AppManager for hardware for Windows base server hardware monitoring

AppManager for hardware can be used for monitoring EXi/ESX underlying hardware failure due to fully supported WBEM protocol by VMWare. I was looking for the same solution to monitor my Windows based underlying hardware but it’s not yet supported. What I figured out by using AppManager for hardware is that it uses the WBEM which…

Aegis ‘Depot’ Activity – Aegis Activities for Sentinel

Over a year ago now I did a post on integrating Aegis and Sentinel (available here) using Sentinel WebServices and out of the box Aegis Activities. As integration methods go, webservices are great but you do need to be able to manipulate the results so that they are usable using out of box manipulation activities…

Walking through the Multi-Domain Active Directory Driver – Part 1

With the release of NetIQ Identity Manager 4.5 SP2 (known as 4.5.2) at least one new driver was added to the product. Some of the Readmes suggest that the REST driver was added in this release as well, but really that came before SP2. The real new driver is the Multi Domain Active Directory Driver…

Triggering Aegis Workflows from Remote Systems

Aegis Adapters provide the most integrated method of interacting with a remote system. They can provide Resource Management, Activities, Connection Management, Events, Namespace Access, Stored Credentials etc. Their main drawback is simply the time required to develop an adapter compared to a set of standalone activities, a scripted or command line solution (in decreasing order…

Designer Add Ons – LDAP Tools

I have been writing about the various plugins for Designer that people have written, in the hopes of getting word out to people who may not know about them. I mentioned some written by Stefaan Van Cauwenberge and he has put a bunch of his plugins and tools available…

Deploying config file from central location to multiple agents

I was using NT_RunDOS job to execute some DOS command using a batch file then all of a sudden I realized that the batch file path needs to be provided from each of the agent machines. I need to run this DOS command on at least 100 agent machines and then I need to manually…

Come see why analytics is the future at Gartner IAM Summit

If you’re attending this year’s Gartner IAM Summit, things might be a bit different than what you’re used to. I’ve attended other Gartner events this year, as well as other industry IAM-related events, and the thing I’ve noticed is that IAM is no longer on an island. Where IAM was seen as black magic by…