9.1 The Dataflow View

The Dataflow view displays a toolbar in the upper right corner of the view. For information on the icons in this toolbar, see The Dataflow View in Understanding Designer for Identity Manager.

The following figure illustrates the Dataflow view. You can use it to control the flow of data between the Identity Vault and managed systems. The Modeler displays the dataflow.

Figure 9-1 The Dataflow View

9.1.1 Accessing the Dataflow View

If you have closed the Dataflow view, you can access it by selecting Window > Show View > Dataflow.

Figure 9-2 Selecting the Dataflow View

The Dataflow menu option

If the Dataflow view is blank and no project is displayed in the Modeler:

  1. Expand a project in the Project view.

  2. Open the project by double-clicking System Model.

    Objects and icons appear in the Dataflow view.

If you want to change how the data flows from the Modeler:

  1. Right-click a driver or application in the Modeler.

    The Dataflow menu option
  2. Select Dataflow, then select how you want the data flow to change.

9.1.2 Flow Arrows in the Modeler

When the Dataflow view opens, it automatically reads the filters and shows the classes and attributes. If a filter with classes and attributes doesn’t exist, you can create one.

Figure 9-3 Flow Arrows in the Modeler

As you select a class or attribute in the Dataflow list, the appropriate driver lines are highlighted in red in the Modeler. Icons enable you to see Sync, Notify, Reset, and Ignore filter settings all at the same time.

Table 9-1 Dataflow Icons



Green arrow: the Publisher channel is synchronized.

Orange arrow: the Subscriber channel is synchronized.

Bell: the attribute is set to Notify.

Reset arrow: the attribute is set to Reset.

No icon

The attribute is set to Ignore.

The color coding matches the Dataflow icons in the Filter editor and the Dataflow editor.

9.1.3 Viewing How Attributes Are Synchronized

Figure 9-4 Show Effective Flows

To view whether attributes are synchronized or whether they will be notified, select Show effective flows. When you select this check box, the synchronize arrows don’t show if the parent class isn’t set to synchronize. Therefore, you view an accurate diagram of actual flows.

However, if you want to view how attributes are configured to synchronize, regardless of the parent class, deselect Show effective flows. The synchronize arrows indicate which items are synchronized.

If you select an attribute that can't synchronize (whether or not Show effective flows is selected), you see a Blocked warning in the upper left. This warning indicates that this attribute can’t be synchronized or notified because the parent class isn’t synchronized.

Figure 9-5 The Blocked Text and Icon

To view an explanation, mouse over the Warning icon.

9.1.4 Changing the Data Flow

You can change how the data flows for classes and attributes from the Dataflow view.

To change the flow for a class:

  1. Select a class in the Dataflow view.

    The Dataflow View
  2. Right-click a driver line in the Modeler.

  3. Select Dataflow.

  4. Select the option to change the data flow for the class.

To change the flow for an attribute:

  1. Select an attribute in the Dataflow view.

    The Dataflow view
  2. Right-click a driver line in the Modeler.

  3. Select Dataflow.

  4. Select the option to change the data flow for the attribute.