A quick look at some neat new features coming in Designer 4.0 as part of the Identity Manager 4.0 release.
Designer for Identity Manager is a client-based tool for designing, debugging, deploying, and documenting your identity management solutions. Designer 3.5 released late 2009 offers a rich set of new capabilities. Some of the key ones have already been discussed about in various other articles. This article just tries to consolidate all of them together for ease of reference.
Designer 3.5 supports the configuration of Role-Based Entitlements. See this video to get more details.
Designer provides basic support for moving Identity Manager projects from one stage to another.
An administrator can now store additional objects in the LDIF format, even those that are not modeled in Designer.
These objects can be edited by using a text editor, exported to an LDIF file, and deployed back to the Identity Vault in the subsequent stage.
Watch this demo for more information.
Structured global configuration values allow you to place GCVs into a group. You do this by creating a template containing the GCVs that you want in the group, along with their default values. Then, you can create instances of the template with the click of a button. Designer 3.5 supports adding, editing, and displaying Structured Configuration Values in the Driver and Driver Set GCV Preference pages. The Structured Configuration Values can also be used on the Shim Parameters and the Job Parameters pages. Watch this demo for more information.
Designer offers the functionality of storing additional objects that are not modeled in it. These objects are stored in an LDIF container under the Identity Vault. By default, there is no LDIF container. An LDIF container is created when Import Additional Objects or Import Objects from LDIF File into LDIF Container option is selected.
By default, the LDIF container object opens in a text editor. You can use the Apache Directory Studio LDIF Editor to edit the LDIF files in Designer by following the steps given in this cool solution. It can handle LDIF content files as well as the LDIF changetype files. Files with *.ldif appendix are automatically handled by the LDIF Editor.
Designer 3.5 offers several performance improvements. See this demo to get the details.
Schema Compare compares the Designer Identity Vault schema with the live Identity Vault Schema. Watch this demo for details.
We ran into a really annoying bug that is really quite painful and initially bewildering, but thankfully, once you understand the cause it is really easy to work around.