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.

Monday Jan 07, 2008

Sun Product Users: Can we talk?

If you have a comment or a question, docs.sun.com (DSC) gives you a direct link to the writers of Sun documentation.

To comment on a particular document, while looking at the document online (on DSC), click Send Comments (see "1" in the graphic below). This is the preferred method in most cases. However, for general comments, you can use the Submit panel at the bottom of the  DSC page (see "2" in the graphic below). In all cases, please be as specific and detailed in your comments as possible.

The information provided by DSC visitors is often quite useful to the writer and is very much appreciated. If you find that the documentation is incorrect or just confusing, please let us know. Currently, the process is not fully automated, so the author might not see the comment for a while.
   

Image of docs.sun.com page with  areas marked from which to make comments 

Thursday Jan 03, 2008

Issues with Agent for Sun Java System Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1

What's spurring this blog entry is a couple of issues that have come up with Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1 as such:

  1. The title of this agent was just changed to include the 8.2 part. There were mixed messages out there about which agent to use for Sun Java System Application Server 8.2. Now it's cleared up. If you want to install Policy Agent 2.2 on Sun Java System Application Server 8.2, use Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1.
  2. Do not install the Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1 agent and Access Manager on the same Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1 instance.

The second point comes up from time to time in different ways. For example, it came up in this forum posting:

http://forum.java.sun.com/thread.jspa?forumID=760&threadID=5201914

Anyway, the documentation for this agent states that you cannot install this agent and Access Manager on the same Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1 instance, as such:

http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/820-2539/gbbir?a=view 

However, this point is often missed. For example, I'm assuming that this issue was missed when someone sent a query to the docs.sun.com website. The question was about the following property:

com.sun.identity.agents.config.location

The property allows a J2EE agent to coexist with Access Manager on the same application server. This option does not apply to Policy Agent 2.2 for Sun Java System Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1. Therefore, the property is not mentioned in Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Guide for Sun Java System Application Server 8.2/9.0/9.1.

I bring this up here because this second point gets missed pretty often. I figure that somehow the documentation isn't clear enough. So, I want to add this info here to try to make it more clear.

By the way, I should say something about how you can send comments to us technical writers when you are looking at documents on docs.sun.com. The question that I talk about above about the com.sun.identity.agents.config.location property was sent directly to docs.sun.com and eventually forwarded to me. Okay, it's decided then. In my next entry, I'll talk about how you can get comments to the writer of a document that you are reading on docs.sun.com.

Wednesday Nov 21, 2007

Fast Docs - Sun's got 'em!

docs.sun.com (dsc): A document repository barely alive. We can rebuild it. We have the technology. We can make it better than it was. Better...stronger...faster.

We can, we did! I say "we," even though I didn't have anything to do with it, just trying to show my community frame of mind.

Check out http://docs.sun.com and see if it isn't faster and more searchable than ever. If you're familiar with dsc, you know it has been slow and difficult to navigate and search. Then, for a short period of time, it got better. Then, it got worse again. Now, it's good again, great in fact.

I brought in a crack team of scientist to fix the problem. I say "I" even though I didn't have anything to do with it. I also say "brought in" even though nobody was brought in. As I understand it, after dsc was improved, a new problem quickly arose that was causing poor performance. The dsc folks investigated thoroughly, found, and then fixed the problem. I could tell you what the problem was, but then I'd have to bore you into a coma with the details. I'd also need to understand what they did. Suffice to say, look for documents on http://docs.sun.com and tell me if it isn't better than before.

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

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.

Monday Jul 30, 2007

Search heals all wounds!

I think the title of this entry might be a good goal. Most definitely, at this point in time, search does not heal all wounds. Some would argue that search adds salt to wounds and grinds it in with great glee. But darn it anyways, I'm driven to figure this search thing out at Sun. I want to figure out what search can do for us now and how we can make it even better. I see a world where Sun customers come to Sun Microsystems sites and search across media types and pages, finding exactly what they need and very quickly: be it in a document, blog, article, screencast, or what have you? I won't say I have a dream, but I have a vision, anyway.

My last entry, Searching for stuff on Sun sites, though brilliant, didn't cover the nitty gritty of performing searches at Sun. This entry isn't going to do that either. Truth is I don't know the nitty gritty. I have learned a thing or two since that last entry.

What have I learned about search at Sun? Well, by reading the help at the docs.sun.com (DSC) site and at the Sun Search site I learned that the two sites handle search pretty differently. The key difference is that the two searches use different Boolean methods as illustrated below:

  • Sun Search: Please note that the default search is based on a Boolean AND; that is, results that are returned contain all of the search terms you entered.
  • DSC: The search is based on a Boolean OR, meaning that any of the specified search terms can be present in the documents that are returned in the search results.

I'm sure there's great wisdom involved in why these two searches at Sun are using different methods. To me, the difference seems ridiculous, but that's because I'm rather simple and can't see the grand design of such matters. When the pure intelligence of it is revealed to me, I'll let you know, too.

Anyway, I think that Sun Search really is a great tool for searching across media types. I highly recommend it. And I am hopeful that we can make it even better.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2007

Searching for stuff on Sun sites

Fellow Sun identity writer Michael Teger, has just added a nice blog entry, Searching Collections on docs.sun.com.

This seems like a good time to point out some other search tricks. Hopefully, I can learn some, too, cuz I can just sense it: there's more to know about searching Sun sites than I've yet to learn.

The site http://docs.sun.com/ (DSC) is new and improved. It's faster anyway. In most ways the search is better, too. But as Michael points out, searching collections is not available in the same way it used to be. Now, it can be done as a workaround, which Michael provides. Also noteworthy is the fact that DSC provides a link to Search Tips.

There are few nuggets of information in the tips. For example, Michael provided this example for a search: "Access Manager 7.1" load balancer. You could type this instead: "Access Manager 7.1" | load balancer. The pipe symbol, "|" doesn't get you that much since the search results look exactly the same through several pages of the search results. However, the search with the pipe symbol has 206 results while the search without the pipe symbol has 43,085. The pipe symbol means that you are first searching for docs with "Access Manager 7.1," then you're working from those results to search for "load balancer." This might not matter since the first 20 pages or so of these two searches are probably giving the exact same results. However, it's nice to know that there are only 206 results that are relevant to your search instead of over 43,000.

A couple of other tricks are that you can search in titles only and you can use wildcards (\* and ?) in your search. For this information, check out the search tips in Chapter 2.

Better yet, you can search beyond docs.sun.com. You can search all of Sun. Sometimes, that's better and sometimes it's not. Anyway, this can be extremely useful information. Here it is: SunSearch.

Why is this important? Because with SunSearch you can also search forums, blogs, articles, etc. It's very powerful. If this information isn't in docs, it might still be somewhere within the various sun sites. Using the example that Michael provided, I want to search on SunSearch. However, I'll add the pipe symbol to see what happens: "Access Manager 7.1" | load balancer.

The results on SunSearch are not exactly clear to me. To me it doesn't seem that the pipe symbol works and the number of results seems quite low compared to searching DSC. However, the tabs shown at the top are very useful. The default tab is All Results, which might provide too much info. The Community tab is good because it searches blogs, forums, and articles. For this search, at this time, I see 7 results in the Community tab. Seven results is quite manageable. The following image shows this search. Notice the pipe symbol is included. I tried the search without the pipe symbol and the results were the same.

A screen shot of SunSearch: Okay, so I don't get all the nuances. If anyone understands these nuances, such as why the number of results is relatively low, please do explain. All the same, this seems to make it easier to search for a topic across media types and such all over Sun.


Thursday Jul 05, 2007

How to get the Windows libraries, msvcp70.dll and msvcr70.dll?

In this recent entry of mine, Update to Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Documentation, I mentioned that I had made some changes to the Policy Agent 2.2 documentation. One of the changes was Windows specific across the web agent docs, specifically around libraries and more specifically around the files msvcp70.dll and msvcr70.dll.

If these .dll files are not in the system32 folder it seems that little to nothing works. Here's what one person encountered:

This appears to be an example of this problem as explained in the Sun Java System Access Manager forum

I'm not sure how similar the error messages for this issue are across web containers. I wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who has run into this problem about some of the specifics.

There are a few things that I wouldn't mind hearing, such as:

  1. Which applications automatically come with msvcp70.dll and msvcr70.dll? Visual Basic is one, no?
  2. Do Windows systems sometimes come with these files, but in the wrong folder?
  3. While these files seem easy to download, what are some reliable and official methods?

The following section is more or less directly from one of the web agent books. It now shows up as a pre-installation step. It was a troubleshooting step, but it turned out that way too many people were running into this problem. While the instructions do explain how to get these libaries, I'm wondering if there's a faster, but still official way.


Current Explanation (more or less) in the Policy Agenet 2.2 web agent documents:

Ensure that required libraries are available on the web container instance.

Depending on the Windows system you are using, the following libraries, msvcp70.dll and msvcr70.dll, might not be available. If these libraries are not available to the web container instance upon which you are installing the agent, you must make them available as described in the following substeps.

  1. Obtain these Windows libraries: msvcp70.dll and msvcr70.dll.

    These libraries come with certain Windows applications. You can also obtain them by contacting Sun technical support.

  2. Place the libraries in the system32 subdirectory.

    The following path is an example of a conceivable path to this directory:

    c:\\WINDOWS\\system32


Update to this blog entry: 07/12/07

I found the following Access Manager forum discussion that mentions msvcp70.dll and msvcr70.dll amongst other libaries:

http://forum.java.sun.com/thread.jspa?forumID=759&threadID=5114812

Some good troubleshooting information is provided there. Still, you'll find this quote:

OBVIOUSLY - you're responsible for getting them from a "trusted source" - make sure you don't get any tainted/malware versions of these DLLs. You've been warned :-)

That's the same concern I have. Does anyone know of a reliable source for these and other libaries? If you ever find out, please do come back here and add a comment. Thanks!

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