5.1 Navigating Roles and Tasks

Navigating iManager’s tasks is a straight-forward process that includes the following general steps:

  1. (Navigation frame) Open the category that contains the desired task.

  2. (Navigation frame) Select the desired task from the category’s list of tasks.

  3. (Content frame) Provide the necessary information to complete the task. When applicable, this includes specifying those objects to which the task is applied.

    For information about selecting objects to which the task will apply, see Selecting and Filtering Objects.

  4. (Content frame) Click OK to perform the task.

5.1.1 Selecting and Filtering Objects

For those tasks that can be applied to more than one object at a time (for example, Modify User), iManager provides options, selectable in the Content frame, for locating the desired objects.

Figure 5-1 Object selection options in a task

Select a Single Object

This is the default object selection method. Select a Single Object lets you specify a single object to which the task is applied. When using the Object Selector to locate the object, selecting an object automatically closes the Object Selector and inserts the selected object in the task’s object name field. For more information about the Object Selector, see Using the Object Selector.

Select Multiple Objects

Select Multiple Objects modifies the tasks object name field to accept a list of objects instead of only one object. The Object Selector also runs in “multiple object” mode so that you can select more than one object at a time. For more information about the Object Selector, see Using the Object Selector.

Simple Selection

Simple Selection opens a basic search tool in the Content frame. With this tool, you can search for objects in the directory tree based on a specified property value.

Figure 5-2 Basic object filter in a task

The attribute list has a list of attributes on which you can perform the Search operation.

The operator list has a list of various operators to be used for the Search operation.

If you want the objects, which result after performing the search operation, to be sorted, select Sort the resulting objects.

Simple Selection includes the following limitations:

  • Searches the entire directory tree

  • Does not support wildcards in the search criteria

  • Supports only “starts with” and “equals” filters for property values

Advanced Selection

Advanced Selection provides a more configurable environment for searching the directory for the desired objects.

Figure 5-3 iManager’s Advanced Selection Interface

Advanced Selection gives you more granular control over the object filter used during the search operation. You can configure advanced selection options using the following fields:

Object Type: Specifies the object base class for which you are searching. For example, User.

Container: Specifies the container at which you want to start the search. To search subordinate containers, select Include sub-containers.

Filter: Specifies a filter to apply to the search. Select the Filter icon to open a separate window from which you can define the filter. Click OK when the filter is done.

Figure 5-4 iManager’s Advanced Filter dialog

The Filter interface includes the following fields:

Aux Classes: Specifies an Auxiliary Class to include in the search.

Attribute: Specifies an attribute (property) that you want to utilize as part of the filter.

Operator: Specifies the logical operator to apply to the filter. Options include

Value: Specifies the attribute value you are using as a filter. You can use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard to indicate part of a value. For example, smi*, *th, and *mit*.

Additionally, you can chain multiple attribute filters together into a filter group by using the + icon to add a second attribute to the list. When using multiple attribute filters, link them together with a logical AND or logical OR.

After you define a filer, click Preview, and click OK, the Modify Object screen is displayed. It displays the attributes defined for the objects in the container. The common attribute values are listed. For example, as per Figure 5-5 the First name, Last name, and Full name attributes have common value (s) for all the objects in the specified container. The attributes whose fields are empty indicate that those attributes does not hold a common value for all the objects. You can add values to these attributes, as well.

Figure 5-5 The Modify Object Screen

You can do the following tasks to the attributes and all the objects in the container are updated:

Ignore: Is used not to update any changes to the objects.

Replace: Is used to replace an existing attribute value in the list. To replace, double-click the value, make the changes, and press Enter. Then, click Replace.

Add: Is used to add values to an attribute. You can add more than one value to an attribute. For example, you have more than one First Names for all the objects.

Remove: Is used to remove attribute values. To remove an attribute value (s):

  1. If the attribute has more than one values, you must first hide the values that you do not want to remove by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard. This is done because the Remove option removes all the values listed. So, you must first hide the values that need not be removed.

    Only the values that have to be deleted are displayed in the attribute list.

  2. Click Remove from the drop-down list.

    The specified values are deleted and the values that you hide are displayed in the list.