Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

Supported Sun Access Manager Updates More Quickly: OpenSSO Express

Lots of people are abuzz today about OpenSSO Express and what it means to customers using Sun Access Manager:

Daniel Raskin: http://blogs.sun.com/raskin/entry/sun_announces_opensso_express
The Identity Management Buzz Blog: http://blogs.sun.com/idmbuzz/entry/announcing_sun_s_opensso_express
Michael Teger: http://blogs.sun.com/docteger/entry/here_comes_the_express_opensso
Rajesh R: http://blogs.sun.com/rajeshr/entry/sun_announces_opensso_express_support
The Aquarium Blog: http://blogs.sun.com/theaquarium/entry/opensso_express_sun_support_for

If you can't find enough info about OpenSSO Express in the links above, I'd imagine that such info just doesn't exist.

Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

Microsoft IIS 6.0 With Outlook Web Access 2007/SharePoint 2007, Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for

You can find links for Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0 With Outlook Web Access 2007/SharePoint 2007, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page. This agent is a 2.2-01 agent.

For a while now, the IIS 6.0 agent could be used to protect Microsoft Office SharePoint & Outlook Web Access, but previously that only applied to Outlook Web Access 2003/SharePoint 2003.

So we've all got this going for us anyway! 

Friday Jun 27, 2008

Apache Tomcat 6.0, Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for

You can find links for Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for for Apache Tomcat 6.0, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page.

This agent was developed through the OpenSSO project.

Sunday Jun 22, 2008

SAP Enterprise Portal 7.0 and Web Application Server 7.0, Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for

You can find links for Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for SAP Enterprise Portal 7.0 and Web
Application Server 7.0, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page.

This agent was developed through the OpenSSO project.

Still 2.2 agents are coming out even as Policy Agent 3.0 is all the rage. I'll add the links for the two following agents to my Documentation and Downloads page soon:

  • Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2  for Apache Tomcat 6.0
  • Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Microsoft IIS 6.0 WithOutlook Web Access 2007/ SharePoint 2007

Wednesday Mar 05, 2008

Sun Java Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Update to 2.2-01

Most of the agents in the Policy Agent 2.2 software set have been updated to Policy Agent 2.2-01.

Policy Agent 2.2-01-Related Resources

Policy Agent 2.2-01: Summary

The 2.2-01 update is an accumulation of enhancements and fixes made in Policy Agent 2.2 since it was first released. Fixes and enhancements were made from time to time and released in what has been called hot patches. Some fixes were agent specific while other changes affected all web agents or all J2EE agents. Now all the hot patches are integrated into Policy Agent 2.2-01. In the 2.2-01 update section of the Release Notes, you'll find info about the key enhancements and fixes made. The following are a couple of the more extensive changes discussed:

  • Web Agents: Extending the HTTP methods available for requests
  • J2EE Agents: Enabling Access Manager Identities to Access the IBMWebSphere Administration Console

OpenSSO Policy Agent 2.2-01 Agents:

As you can see in my "Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads" page, agents created in the OpenSSO project, as also listed below, have not yet been updated to Policy Agent 2.2-01 yet, but they will be soon:

Web Agents:
Agent for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0
Agent for Apache HTTP Server 2.2

J2EE Agents:
Agent for Sun Java System Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1
Agent for BEA WebLogic Server/Portal 10

Conclusion:

So now you know about 2.2-01 or at least you know how to get info about it. Next stop, Policy Agent 3.0.

Sunday Mar 02, 2008

Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0, Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for

You can find links for Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page.

The agent has been out for a little while now. I updated my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page a few days back. I'm only posting an entry about it now because my dog ate the first blog entry about it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Friday Feb 29, 2008

Identity Management, FAM 8, Policy Agent 3.0, and Glory

In the following blog entry, Policy Agent 2.2 With Access Manager 7.1, I compared Policy Agent 2.2 to marathon runner Derek Clayton because they both exemplify high endurance. Well, I have another similar comparison to make. This comparison has to do with Sun's Identity Management suite and Sun's attitude toward identity management in general.

First, let me give you a little Sun identity management background:

Sun Java Identity Manager continues to be the absolute power house in user provisioning: http://blogs.sun.com/ontherecord/entry/sun_positioned_in_leaders_quadrant

Moreover, Gartner has also just placed Sun in the Magic Quadrant for the web access management (WAM) market: Magic Quadrant for Web Access Management

That puts Sun in the leader's pack. However, with Federated Access Manager 8.0 coming out, including Policy Agent 3.0, Sun's is getting ready to break from the pack.

Okay, so given that background, if Sun's identity management suite were a runner, it would be this runner:

Paula Radcliffe, New York Marathon 2007

I'm talking about the leader in this photo. She's Paula Radcliffe, the British long distance runner. Her personal best in the marathon is the world record of 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds. There are very few men in the U.S. today that could run that fast. The second fastest time by a women is more than three minutes slower than that.

Some years back, amongst the most elite, Paula was a middle of the pack runner. Her running form has even been criticized. She kind of bobbles her head when she runs. But she persevered. She analyzed everything about her diet and training and tried new things. Icing down her legs after a training run, weight training, physical therapy, shoes, clothing, you name it. She even looked at the bobble of her head before deciding not to tweak that particular aspect of her running form. Her improvement was slow and steady and she kept tweaking things here and there until she became best of the best. Still, she's had disappointments. She doesn't win every single race she enters. She was struggling during the 2004 Olympics and dropped out at around the 23 mile mark. Recently, she had a baby and tried to come back real quick but found that she had to take her time. She seems to be back in form, though, winning the New York Marathon in 2007. She'll be competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Her future is looking bright. So, yeah, Sun's identity management suite is a bit like that.

Sun's commitment to identity management has been clear to me in a visceral sense for years. However, I never could articulate that importance until about a year back. I was reading the white paper Positioning Federated Identity For The UK Government by Sun's very own Robin Wilton, when suddenly there it was:

Sun's vision and the role of identity

Sun is known for its original corporate vision that “the network is the computer”, a vision since supplemented with the idea of “everything of value connected to the network”. There is a strong
technological dimension to Sun's vision statements - but they are also important for what they imply about identity, authentication, authorisation, access control, trust and privacy. The more we assume that everything of value is connected to the network, the more vital it is that identity, appropriate access and online trust form the foundations of online service provision.

I couldn't have said it better myself. And trust me, I tried. That's it. That's why Sun must succeed in the identity management space. I would say the importance of identity management to Sun is something along these lines:

By hook or by crook, through hell and high water, Sun absolutely, positively must ensure that the identity management available for Sun systems is top notch, best of breed, as good as it gets. Sun's very survival depends on it.

It's an attitude. I imagine that Paula Radcliffe feels driven in a similar fashion. Her very survival isn't at risk, and yet her status as the greatest female runner in the world is. So, in such a situation, you search for what works and you do it. For Sun, it means embracing open source and embracing non-Sun platforms, R&D, acquisitions, blood, sweat, and tears: experiment, tweak, pay attention, analyze, repeat. You don't win them all, but you always keep a can-win attitude, and you learn. Then you go back to the drawing board: experiment, tweak, pay attention, analyze, repeat.

When it comes to web access management, Sun has been very attentive to the market and is incorporating big changes in Federated Access Manager 8.0 and Policy Agent 3.0.

Daniel Raskin explained a great deal of this in two blog entries about the FAM 8 roadmap back in September:

Especially since Access Manager and Federation Manager are being combined in FAM 8, there's a huge emphasis on simplifying the customer experience. I write Policy Agent documentation, and Policy Agent 3.0 is the new version of Policy Agent that coincides with FAM 8. The big, big thing here is that FAM 8 provides centralized agent management with Policy Agent 3.0. This is huge. Customers have had to manage agents one at a time in the deployment container. Still Sun has had a very competitive product. With centralized agent management, Sun is really charging forward. Just saying "centralized agent management" is not enough to explain all the effort going into the agents to make them simpler to manage in so many ways. In time, you will see many things about Policy Agent 3.0 to be happy about. For now, here are a couple links to help you monitor what's going on with Policy Agent 3.0:

That first link above provides a lot of info, including some installation information.

In the Paula Radcliffe analogy, at this time, Sun is running amongst the front runners of the elite pack and is starting to focus on key factors that will launch it out to the very front with room to spare. Therefore, I'd say that in the identity management space, Sun hasn't yet run it's 2 hour 15 minute and 25 second marathon, but it's coming up real soon. Just as I wouldn't bet against Paula Radcliffe in Beijing in 2008, I wouldn't bet against Sun in the identity management space, in fact all indications are that Sun's the endurance athlete to beat in this race.

Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

Recent Happenings with Policy Agent 2.2

A lot has been happening with Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent these days. In fact, I've updated the following page to reflect some of those changes:

Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads

Key things that have happened are as follows:

A New Agent: 

IBM Webshere Application Server 6.1

New Platform Support for Existing Agents:

  • SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 and Web Application Server 6.40: AIX
  • Apache HTTP Server 2.0.54/1.3.33: AIX and Windows

A Policy Agent 2.2 Update: 

Policy Agent 2.2-01 for web agents

 In the near future, I'll post more information about the agents. For example, I'll go into more detail about the 2.2-01 release. Also, I'll start talking about the next version of Policy Agent, Policy Agent 3.0.



Wednesday Nov 07, 2007

Apache HTTP Server 2.2, Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for

You can find links for Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Apache HTTP Server 2.2, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page.

Apache HTTP Server 2.2 packagingThis agent was developed through the OpenSSO project.

By the way, here's a link to the Apache HTTP Server Version 2.2 Documentation, brought to you by the Apache Software Foundation. I don't know. I happened to be out there looking at that site, so I thought, "Hey, why not include a link to that documentation?" It's just the kind of guy I am.

Sincerely,

Me

Thursday Nov 01, 2007

Access Manager 7: New Patches (-06 Level)

Sun Java System Access Manager 7 2005Q4 has new patches (-06 level) for all current supported platforms except HP-UX. Here are the patch numbers:

  • Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) on SPARC® based systems: 120954-06
  • Solaris OS on x86 platforms: 120955-06
  • Linux systems: 120956-06
  • Microsoft Windows systems: 124296-06

These patches are available on http://sunsolve.sun.com.

For this patch, new features have been introduced and a number of problems have been fixed, as listed in the README file included with the patch. For a description of the patch 6 features and issues, see the Access Manager 7 2005Q4 Release Notes as follows: http://docs.sun.com/doc/819-2134

So now you can celebrate, or you can completely ignore this breaking news. Just do whatever comes naturally.

Friday Oct 05, 2007

Microsoft Office SharePoint & Outlook Web Access, Policy Agent 2.2

You can find links for Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page. The truth is you could have found those links last week and last month, even last year. However, the download bits and the document have been updated. Now, IIS 6.0 agent can be used to protect Microsoft Office SharePoint & Outlook Web Access. By the way, the older version of the IIS 6.0 agent document is still available in PDF for those who have the older version.

This is good news. Sun and Microsoft love each other now. When I first got here, Sun and Microsoft, well, they didn't love each other. Now, it's all about making Sun products compatible with Microsoft products. This has been good for Sun so far, and for customers, it seems to me. Furthermore, there are a series of Sun articles written by Marina Sum that cover interoperability of Sun and Microsoft for Web authentication. You'll find tidbits in there not covered in the new or old IIS 6.0 agent guide, especially screen shots and such:

Okay so life is good. Can't we all just get along? Apparently, we can.

BEA WebLogic Server/Portal 10, Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for

This is an image of the packaging for BEA WebLogic Portal 10This is an image of the packaging for BEA WebLogic Server 10You can find links for Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for BEA WebLogic Server/Portal 10, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page.

This agent was developed through the OpenSSO project.

I haven't blogged in a while. I've been busy. And I didn't even write this manual. Some technical writers are old school and don't like the fanfare, attention, scrutiny, and criticism that comes with being a celebrity. Therefore, I can't name names. At one point, I was writing each and every Policy Agent guide that came out, but nowadays I'm inundated and others have come in to help me out. Thank goodness.

Monday Sep 10, 2007

Doc & Download: Agent for Sun Java System Application Server 9.0/9.1

Image of the Sun Java System Application Server PackagingAs of today, you can find links for Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Application Server 9.0/9.1, both the download and the document, on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page.

Key Facts: 

  • This agent was developed through the OpenSSO project.
  • This agent supports the following versions: Sun Java System Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1 


Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0: Download and Doc

Okay, this agent, Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0, and the official documentation for it are now available. You can find links for both the download and the document on my Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page. Image of the packaging for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0

I've blogged about this agent a couple of times already in the following two entries:

The big hubbub being that it's an OpenSSO agent. Also, it's a web agent. And with the OpenSSO thing, webagents are more streamlined with the J2EE agent functionality.

So, it's all about OpenSSO these days. There will be more agents (both J2EE agents and web agents) coming out that were developed in the OpenSSO project. I first blogged about OpenSSO in early January in Open Source: Access Manager and Beyond. Now, OpenSSO has legs and is running in an all out sprint. In fact, these days anything about Access Manager that's not related to OpenSSO is so 6 months ago.

Wednesday Jul 18, 2007

Agent for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0

In my last entry, Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 & OpenSSO, I blogged a lot about the OpenSSO project and Policy Agent 2.2. In fact, I blogged so much about it that you might have missed the info about Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0. We can't have that. We can't have you missing out on info about this agent.

Allow me to repeat myself in a Reader's Digest condensed kinda way:

"But wait a minute, I haven't finished the document for Agent for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 yet...They're getting software out so fast, I can't even get the related official documentation out at the same time."

TellyawhatI'mgonnado, I'm going to try to lay out in a blog manner, which means in a totally unofficial mannner, how one could get started with Agent for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 even though they don't have the official documentation. If you have a certain amount of derring-do about you, you could do the following:

Getting Started with Agent for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0

  1. Click the following link to go to the download page for this agent: Download: Agent for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0.
  2. Jump through a hoop or two to get to the real downloads.
  3. Click the link for the proper ZIP file.
    You have these choices:
    • sjsws_v70_SunOS_64_agent.zip
    • sjsws_v70_SunOS_agent.zip
    • sjsws_v70_SunOS_x86_64_agent.zip
    • sjsws_v70_SunOS_x86_agent.zip
    • sjsws_v70_Linux_agent.zip
    • sjsws_v70_WINNT_agent.zip
  4. Download the bits onto an instance of Sun Java System Web Server 7.0.
  5. Get the installation notes from the following OpenSSO web page: Installation Notes

  6. Do not rely on these installation notes once the official documentation has been released. Check the Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 documentation collection or, better yet, my Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation and Downloads page.
  7. Install the agent.

Of course, "Install the agent" is easily said, but there are some other things to know. First, I should throw in a disclaimer here. Just throw one in for me, if you don't mind. You know, something about this not being the official documentation and how one should not base their entire career on the validity of anything said, pointed to, or implied in this blog. Something like that.

About Installing Agent for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0

Okay, so I recently had the pleasure of installing Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0. I had one of the agent develpers nearby at the time. I always like to keep a developer or two close by when I can. Not that they necessarily like my being near them, but we usually come to some agreement. In this case, the developer was actually on the phone while I installed the product (so he was nearby metaphorically).

First things first, web agents in the Policy Agent 2.2 release are different when they're released through the OpenSSO project. What's different? Well, I'm glad I asked. Mostly, the web agents have taken on some characteristics that the J2EE agents have had since Policy Agent 2.2 was first released.

Both J2EE agents and web agents that are developed in the OpenSSO project have a new distribution file format. Therefore, regardless of platform, all distribution files are ZIP files. That's new.

As for just web agents, you'll see differences in the following:

  1. The directory structure of the distributed agent bits (not too much to think about here)
  2. The use of the agentadmin program for installation-like stuff and a couple of other things.

The use of the agentadmin program introduces a pretty big change to new web agents over previous web agents. Because of this tool, the installation steps of the web agent look just about identitical regardless of the platform on which the agent installed. Without the agentadmin program, the installation steps vary quite a bit from platform to platform. The following use of the agentadmin program, with the - -usage option is useful to demonstrate here because it lists the agentadmin tool's options with web agents (by the way, this tool has more options when used with J2EE agents):

WHAT YOU TYPE (assuming you're in the directory where the ./agentadmin tool is located):

    ./agentadmin - -usage

WHAT YOU SEE:

    The available options are:
    - -install: Installs a new Agent instance.
    - -uninstall: Uninstalls an existing Agent instance.
    - -version: Displays the version information.
    - -uninstallAll: Uninstalls all the agent instances.
    - -listAgents: Displays details of all the configured agents.
    - -agentInfo: Displays details of the agent corresponding to the specified agent ID.
    - -usage: Display the usage message.
    - -help: Displays a brief help message.

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