Quick & Dirty AD Cache Inspector for AD Driver for Novell Identity Manager



By: belaie

November 11, 2009 5:07 pm

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Sometimes there is a need for us (Consultants) to see a snapshot of all the changes that happened on the Active directory side while the Novell AD IDM driver was stopped or was not running, before we decide to start the AD driver.

Since Novell Identity Manager currently allows us to see all the events which happened in the Identity vault only, but not on the AD side, I decided to write such a tool myself, and of course wanted to share this tool with the consultants/community out there. It’s a .NET 2.0 WinForm application, written in C# programming language.

To run this tool you should have at minimum:

  • .NET 2.0 framework installed, ( Not supported on the Linux platforms yet)
  • This application must be run under the same user which is configured on the AD driver.

Short Tutorial (How To):

When you run the application (ADCView.exe), the application automatically discovers the current domain, a domain controller, and default domain naming context in the user logged in domain automatically.

The application will automatically set the user security context as the current logged on domain user ( Use current credentials). Or alternatively you can define credentials under which this application will run. I suggest to run this application under the same user which has been configured on the AD driver.

The application takes input from a driver state file “DRIVER_DN__state.xml”, which can be found on the server, location(s) depends on the driver configuration setup (remote loader) or without remote loader. (Read the Novell IDM documentation for more details..)

And that’s it!, Just click “Run”, and you will see the events in a text file that can be opened either in notepad.exe or from within this application (View/Cache Log).

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