PWNotify Password Notification Service Driver

lhaeger

By: lhaeger

August 30, 2011 3:03 pm

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License:
Free

All-in-one IDM 2.x/3.x/4.x service driver for password notifications that can notify users, helpdesk and naudit on the following events:

  • up to three times before passwords actually expire (notification intervals and times are configurably)
  • after passwords expired, when grace logins fall below a configurable limit
  • when accounts get locked and passwords have to be reset by an administrator
  • on intruder lockout

All notifiction types and their targets (user, helpdesk and/or naudit) can be individually enabled/disabled. The notification schedule operates on an hourly or daily basis and is easily configured through GCVs.

Because IDM email templates are used, notifications can contain additional account data e.g. the time an intruder-locked account will be automatically unlocked again, or a company name for branding purposes. Email templates are maintained in iManager or Designer, making it easy to give them the same look and feel as the standard templates that come with IDM password synchronization.

New 06-22-2006: v1.1: This is a bugfixed and enhanced version. Now also

  • decodes intruder addresses (IP only) and
  • includes additional email templates and
  • a readme.txt (finally!).

New 07-05-2007: v2.0 for IDM 3.5:

  • trigger notifications from the subscriber channel (via policy or WorkOrder driver)
  • notify managers on direct report’s upcoming account expiration
  • uses ldap search instead of XdsQueryProcessor: much more efficient, especially in large tree environments (thanks to a hint by Father Ramon)

New 08-07-2008: v2.0.3 for IDM 3.5:

  • now supports (and defaults to) secure ldap operations
  • notify managers/helpdesk about idle accounts (no login for xx days)
  • changed some GCVs and added more detailed comments on how to use them

New 08-31-2011: v2.1.1 for IDM 4.0:

  • packaged version for easy import and maintenance through Designer
  • removed dependency on bh-dirxmlutils.jar by porting bh_DecodeNetAddr and bh_b64ToHEX functions to ECMAscript
  • code modularization and streamlining
  • minor bug fixes

New 01-07-2013: v2.2:

  • Changed policy naming scheme to include linkage weight
  • Moved base filter to resource object
  • Added suppport for Edir2Edir shim (to enable support for IDM Bundled Editions, which do not include NULL/LBACK shims), default for new installations.
  • Added LDAP StartTLS support and LDAP tracing (through dependency on updated BH-BitsNPieces v1.0.3)
  • Upgraded prompt stylesheets to latest versions
  • Named LDAP Bind Password now takes precedence over bind user object’s Distribution Password.
  • Read Distribution Password (if used) on every notification cycle instead of only once per driver start
  • minor bug fixes

 

home page url: http://www.brummelhook.com/dirxml
download urls:
IDM2.0/3.0: http://www.brummelhook.com/download/pwnotify.zip
IDM3.5/3.6: http://www.brummelhook.com/download/pwnotify_idm35_v203.zip
IDM4.x: use package repo at http://www.brummelhook.com/download/idm/packages/site.xml

Links:
Driver Wiki: http://wiki.novell.com/index.php/Password_Notification_Service_Driver
Some tips by Geoffrey: http://www.novell.com/communities/node/3017
Changing time zone conversions: http://www.novell.com/communities/node/3083

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Disclaimer: As with everything else at NetIQ Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by NetIQ, so Customer Support will not be able to help you if it has any adverse effect on your environment.  It just worked for at least one person, and perhaps it will be useful for you too.  Be sure to test in a non-production environment.

7 Comments

  1. By:geoffc

    IDM 3.6 includes a Password Notification Job that can be scheduled to run.

    This is a different approach than Lothars, and has certain benefits.

    Lothars approach is heavier load wise, you have to run a driver (Honestly, big deal… We run lots of drivers), whereas the Job runs as a Java application only on the schedule.

    But in Lothars model we can manually change the code to do more, or less, or edit it. The Java class in the Job is more obscured.

    No doubt there are use cases for both. But I think I will stick with Lothars for now! Well done!

  2. By:jbouley

    I was very excited to find this tool and the web site was great until i downloaded it and took a look at the email templates.

  3. By:geoffc

    Lothar (the author) does live in Germany, though he does speak English quite well! (Better grammar than most people I meet!)

    It took about 2 minutes for me to roughly translate the email template to basic English, sufficient to hand off to the Corporate Branding guys and say, here is how a Variable token is inserted, make this look like a company email. Let me know what variables you want provided.

    You do not need to use his Email templates. I would have to check, but I am pretty sure the names of the templates are either GCV’s, or really easy to find.

    If you need any help, let me know it is really straightforward.

  4. By:lhaeger

    Geoffrey’s comment is spot on: as every company want’s it’s own cororate look and feel, all I could provide would be templates you’d have to edit anyway. Much work to do but not much to gain compared using to the German ones I already had.
    Anyway, with so many instances of the driver running worldwide now, I am still hoping that someone is willing to share his/her localized templates e.g. by adding them to http://wiki.novell.com/index.php/Password_Notification_Service_Driver (with a link to e.g. http://www.sourcepod.com) or sending me an email so I can add them to the download.

  5. By:gholdefe

    I sent all emails converted to English to Lothar so he could add them to the download… I modified some emails to include Links to PW home pages and Graphic images.

    Thank you for the driver code Lothar.

    I hope it helps,

    Gary

  6. By:Simeonof

    Can this free driver be used legally on IDM 3.6.1 Bundle Edition?

    • By:lhaeger

      Yes, it can be used with the edir2edir shim which is included in BE. You need to set the shim manually, add the GUID attribute to the subscriber filter and something like “127.0.0.1:11111:127.0.0.1:11111″ as connection info in driver properties to make the driver startup properly and loop back.
      The latest version has all of the above included, but is packaged for IDM 4.x (which will be available in a Bundled Edition soon, as I hear). UNtil then you can of course use that package and export is from designer to XML to obtain a 3.6-compatible version (don’t forget to export the dependencies, too!)

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