Wednesday Jun 20, 2007

Quick and Clean Overview of Sun Java System Access Manager and Much More

In yesterday's entry, Getting timely Sun Java System Access Manager info, I should probably have hyped (I'm using "hype" as an intransitive verb, which shows how excited I am. In normal conditions, I would never do that.) more about the site that I mentioned at that time. The following is the link to that site, the Sun's Identity Management Solutions site:

Identity Management Solutions

I've been going through that site and there's lots of good stuff about identity management. For one, I learned that Pat Patterson has added a 'stub" to Wikipedia for Sun Java System Access Manager. Here's the link to that Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Java_System_Access_Manager

Pat's blog entry was out there in the blog feed I mentioned in my blog entry yesterday. His blog entry might not be out there by the time you visit since new blog entries are fed out there (replacing the old) all the time. For example, the entry you're reading right now, yeah this one, will be out there soon (well, "soon," from my perspective).

I also came upon a very nice overview of Sun Java System Access Manager. Officially, I suppose it's called a "product data sheet." It provides a lot of key info in a succint manner. It is a marketing piece (at least in my mind it is) and it does have a little obligatory marketing spin, especially in the first paragraph. However, once you get through that, it's mostly details and specifications. Here's the link:

Product Data Sheet: Sun Java System Access Manager

If you want the complete technical overview of Access Manager, you would want to look at the official documentation, depending on the Access Manager version, as such:

  • Sun Java System Access Manager 7.1 Technical Overview
  • Sun Java System Access Manager 7.0 Technical Overview

Besides that stuff, there's plenty of other good stuff out there, such as the following:

It's all good! And there's plenty more where that came from!

Thursday Jun 14, 2007

SOA, Access Manager, Grandma, and a few other things

I'm just following Pat Patterson's lead. He explains it in this entry.

http://blogs.sun.com/superpat/entry/enterprise_service_oriented_architectures

It's something about tracking back to this link from James McGovern:

http://duckdown.blogspot.com/2007/06/links-for-2007-06-14.html

So, I'm tracking back to James McGovern's entry. It has something to to with Enterprise Service Oriented Architectures and it's potential availability under a Creative Commons license if at least 50 people trackback to that entry. Well, with my trackback added to Pat's, that's at least 2 of 50.

More importantly, I want to know who the picture is of in James' blog entry. It's the same picture that Sun's Daniel Raskin uses while he talks about how Sun Java System Access Manager is so easy to install that grandma could do it. But then, that same picutre now shows up in James McGovern's blog. I'm beginning to thing that that picture isn't really Daniel's grandma, or maybe Daniel Raskin and James McGovern are the same person, or maybe they're cousins or brothers or something another. It's very confusing:

http://blogs.sun.com/raskin/entry/first_impressions

Tuesday May 08, 2007

JavaOne and Identity Management

I'll be attending JavaOne tommorow, so I thought I'd get any info I could that has already gone on there or will go on there related to identity management.

First, while searching around, I saw I could create a profile and act like I'm a key player. That's what I've done, thusly:

Join Me at the 2007 JavaOne Conference Event Connect Tool!

Okay, I'm no cooler than I was before, probably a little less cool, but I have another bling-like thing on my blog.

Back to my Point:

There have already been some Sun blog entries that have the JavaOne/Identity Management connection going on, as such:

Sessions:

A few JavaOne sessions as shown in the link below are related to identity management (OpenSSO):

Identity Management Related Sessions

Exhibits:

The JavaOne Pavilion has lots of exhibitors. The following URL lists all exhibitors, but at the bottom of the page is a list of exhibits (booths) that Sun has there.

All Exhibitors with Sun highlighted

The following link brings the description of the identity management exhibit to the top of the page:

Identity Management: 1 Identity 1 World

The following link brings the description of the OpenSSO/OpenDS exhibit to the top of the page:

OpenIdentity: OpenSSO and OpenDS

JavaOne Blogs:

Okay, the blogs listed at the following page don't necessarily have anything to do with identity management, but I liked the fact that there's a JavaOne Web page dedicated to blogs:

JavaOne Blog Page

Documentation-Related Exhibit:

There's another exhibit going on that I'll be interested in, though it has nothing to do with identity management. It has to do with creating a structured XML based documentation system. Get Java Technology Technical Publication Tools

What Have I Missed?:

Lots probably!




Wednesday Mar 14, 2007

Policy Agent 2.2 With Access Manager 7.1

Policy Agent 2.2 supports Access Manager 7.1!

If that's what you came to find out, Boom, you're done!

Just over two weeks ago Sun released Java Enterprise System 5. The version of Access Manager that comes with Java Enterprise System 5 is Access Manager 7.1. Pat Patterson blogged about it here. The agents are released separately and the version hasn't changed. Therefore, Policy Agent 2.2 is the version of agent used in an Access Manager 7.1 deployment, just as it is the agent version used in an Access Manager 7.0 deployment. Policy Agent 2.2 has endurance. In fact, if Policy Agent 2.2 was a runner, it would be this runner:

Marathoner Derek ClaytonWho is this you ask? It's Derek Clayton, an Australian Marathoner from the late 1960s. He set the marathon record in 1969 with a time of 2 hours eight minutes and thirty-three seconds (a time that's quite respectable even by today's standards). That record stood for 12 years. He was big for a marathoner at a 160 pounds, but was brutally effective. He trained at a level (sometimes over 200 miles a week) that would decimate the average long-distance runner. Yeah, so Policy Agent 2.2 is a bit like that.

I've updated the Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 User's Guide and the Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Release Notes to reflect support for Access Manager 7.1.

Furthermore, I've updated my Policy Agent 2.2 Page to reflect the updates to the guides. For example, the User's Guide is now version 22. For all the support-related information for each agent in the Policy Agent 2.2 software set, see the respective chapter of the User's Guide as follows:

Will Policy Agent 2.2 support Access Manager 8, 9, and 10? I don't know, but it could. Endurance I tell you, endurance.


Tuesday Dec 12, 2006

Getting Some More Identity

I've done more to give this blog some Identity. 

In the process, I've learned more about who blogs about identity Management at Sun and I've learned more about how to customize Roller blog software.

Right now, I'm using the editor that comes with Roller . In my search for more blog identity, I learned that this blog editor (it's called Xinha) is new and improved over prior the prior editor. We'll see, I tried it before it was improved and I can confidently say it needed improving. I couldn't get the fonts to do what they said they were going to do. If you follow me. We'll see how this all looks.

I also started playing with tags and with the search. That's how I came across other Sun bloggers who mentioned Identity Management in some way. That's a big topic actually. I also found some entries about Policy Agent.

For example, though I don't  understand Japanese, I know these entries discuss things like policy and Policy Agent:

http://blogs.sun.com/tkudo/entry/opensso_policy_configuration

http://blogs.sun.com/tkudo/entry/opensso_agent_install

Call me a visual learner. 

 About my blog, I've a section in the column on the right: My Recent Blog Entries. I've looked at the documentation: Roller 3.0 User's Guide and Roller 3.0 Template Guide quite a bit, but still. For this I did a search and found a Sun blogger who explained how to do it.

 I went to http://blogs.sun.com and searched for the following:

blog customization recent entries

That search led to this entry:

http://blogs.sun.com/johnbrady/entry/blog_page_customisation

I knew enough to know that I was going to have to do things a little differently for my blog in terms of customizing the templates. But it gave me the info I needed. I added the 15 most recent entries. Actually, I only had 15 entries, so that made sense.

 Keep in mind my Nov 17 entry, which explains tha t what I'm describing about my blog might not apply by the time you read this since it my be 2046 when you're reading this. A lot could change from 2006 to 2046.

 I've learned so much more recently, but that's all I have time for. Blogging, it's not bad.

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Darn it! Just before submitting this entry, I did a full preview and the fonts are all messed up. Do you see how the first line is all small? That's not the way it looks in the editor. As Pat Patterson told me today, editors tend to be WYSIMOLWYG (what you see is more or less what you get). Well it's back to other methods, either doing HTML by hand or typing it in a program like Star Office (with HTML) and cutting and pasting it into my blog. By the way, Star Office has a blog editor extension. I haven't been able to use it yet. That's another story.



 

Friday Nov 17, 2006

Getting Some Identity

Since I'm a technical writer of identity management software, it makes sense that my blog should reflect that identity. It's starting to.

I've added identity management centric type things. One thing is the identity management ad over here on the right. I just looked at the source for Pat Patterson's blog, copied it, and pasted into the appropriate template (it's a behind-the-scenes thing in the Apache Roller blog software), no tribble at all.

I've also added links to various blogs and such, almost completely about identity management. At least, that's the way it was as I'm writing this. It could be 2046 as you're reading this particular entry. I dont' know. Therefore, I might have completely changed this blog by then/now. In fact, the world might be gone. But if it is gone, how is it that you're reading this? So, that's one thing about blogs. You don't know how long they'll be posted. Indefinitely, it seems. So, think about what you're writing. But you should know that by now. I mean, it's 2046 in your world. If you haven't learned by now how important it is to be cautious about what you say and write, you never will. By the way, what's Sun's stock in 2046? I'm wondering if I should hold on to my stock until then.

Okay, so I added a little Java Duke button, too. It links to the Free and Open Source Java web site.

Beisdes that, I changed the look and feel of the blog a little. Notice how the title for a blog entry is red? Well, you in 2046 might not see that, but those looking at this blog around November 2006 probably do see it. That sort of change should be easy enough to make, right? It wasn't. I was tearing open the CSS and other templates. Carnage! Pure carnage! Anyway, I finally gave the blog a little indiviiduality, not much, but a little bit. Actually, the blog more or less looks like a thousand other Sun blogs, but it's the thought that counts. I thought a lot about making it unique.

A question to the visitors of this blog in 2046: What were the hot trends in identity management around 2015? I want to pass the info on to Sun engineers now so we can be way ahead of the game. I suppose by 2046 computers will be able to check one's DNA before providing access to resources, in a non-instrusive manner of course.

So, that covers how my blog is getting some identity. It covers a few other things, too. But mostly it covers the blog identity thing. I'll keep adding identity as time goes by, borrowing liberally from whomever's blog I can.

Wednesday Nov 01, 2006

So you want to play with Sun Java System Access Manager and Policy Agent?



So you want to play with Sun JavaTM System Access Manager and Sun JavaTM System Access Manager Policy Agent?


"A Wise policy" (with a British accent--what movie's that from?). It's the free-ness of playing with this stuff that makes it wise. Download the software, access the documentation, interact in the forums, look up all kinds of information at various Sun Microsystems web pages, install, configure, and experiment with the software all for free. However, there's no such thing as a free launch. So, you can't get free technical support, professional services, hardware, jewelery, training, and such; but still, a lot of stuff is free.

The question is "how exactly does one get to all this stuff?" Let me say, up front, I don't know. I'm going through this exercise to learn how it's done. I mean, I know some things. But some things I don't. I'll be looking up a lot of stuff as I go along. At least I'm not making up a lot of stuff as I go along. All the same, mistakes are likely.

I'll probably revise this info as time goes by. If people comment about where I've gone wrong or where I could go more right, I'll try to incorporate such comments into this entry. Otherwise, this will be an exercise in introspection, which is okay, too.

Software Downloads

Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Downloads

Link
Purpose
Things to Know
Important Info about the Link
Download Sun Java Enterprise System software


The key here is to get Access Manager 7 (AM 7) and other key components. The First step is to download Java ES.
To provide a page from
which you can download
Sun Java Enterprise System
(Java ES) and even Solaris,
if you wish. The link is actually
to the Solaris Enterprise System
. Java ES is a part of the Solaris Enterprise System

With Java ES, you can install
most of the software needed for a deployment that includes
distributed applications. I'm
focusing on Access Manager 7
(AM 7). The figure below shows
how AM 7 fits in to
Java ES.

You can install any of the
Java ES components you want. Maybe, you just need Web Server, Directory
Server, & Access Manager. Maybe you need more. A lot is available in Java ES.
You will have to register to download this stuff. You'll create a "Sun Online Account." In my humble opinion, it's not too involved. Of course, I work for Sun Microsystems. My opinion could be influenced by a desire for the stock price to go up.

Also, from the general software download site,

The Link

many ways exist to get the same software. There are different ways in which this stuff is bundled. It can be confusing. How's your tolerance for ambiguity?
The following is a screen shot from the page (it's a link, too). See! you can download Solaris, Sun Java Enterprise System, and more. Notice the Sun Java Identity Management Suite. That might work for you better than the entire Java ES download. It's all good, whatever you decide.

I've provided the image below because I don't even want you to have to click a link and wait to see what's there.

The Solaris Enterprise System Download Page

Java Enterprise System Infrastructure

The following image (it's a link, too) comes from Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Technical Overview
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/819-2330

By the way, I like that manual. I wouldn't mind hearing comments, good or bad, from people about it. Does it cover the areas you would expect (things like that)?

Java ES Components

CAVEATS:
(from the manual) The operating system platforms shown in the figure are not formally part of Java Enterprise System; however, they are included to show the operating system platforms on which Java ES components are supported.

(from me) Java ES changes from release to release. Not all the components shown above, such as those in the "User Collaboration" row will come with Java ES in the future.

In the figure above, Policy Agent isn't mentioned. Either is Identity Manager or Federation Manager. Identity Manager is used for user provisioning while Federation Manager is kind of like Access Manager, only bigger. Therefore, federation manager allows user's to access content/resources controlled by different service providers ("service provider" is a broad term; it often equates to a single company). So those service providers have to work together very closely.

Policy Agent, Identity Manager, and Federation can all work with Access Manager, but none of them are currently components of Java ES, which explains why they aren't mentioned in the figure. Below a little ways, I explain how to download individual agents of the Policy Agent 2.2 software set. At this time, I'm not going to get too much into Identity Manager or Federation Manager.

However, three links follow, one for downloading Identity Manager, one for Identity Manager documentation, and one to download Federation Manager. The Federation Manager documentation collection is mixed with the Access Manager documentation collection. Keep going down this page and you'll see links to the overall Access Manager documentation collection.

Policy Agent 2.2 Software Downloads

Link
Purpose
Things to Know
Important Info about the Link
Download Policy Agent 2.2 Software

The Link

The key here is to get the specific agent from the Policy Agent 2.2 software set that you want.

To provide a page from which you can download a specific agent from the Policy Agent 2.2 software set.

While it might be possible to set up an  Access Manager deployment  without an agent, it's rare in the real world.

Same info as with Java ES about registering and stuff.

Also, from the general software download site, you can get a view of all the software listed alphabetically,

The Link

which isn't pretty, but it is complete.

The following is a screen shot that shows the type of info on this page (the screen shot is a link, too). This shows three of the many agents available in the Policy Agent 2.2 software set.

Excerpt of Policy Agent 2.2 Downloads

Documentation

Access the Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Documentation Collection


There's a lot to the Java ES documentation collection. There are the usual suspects, such as Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Installation Planning Guide. However, I'm just listing the documents that might be less obvious, but more beneficial since they'll  point you to many of the documents that you might require, depending upon what you're trying to accomplish.

Anyway, I'm starting with links to the Java ES documentation collection, then to the Access Manager documentation collection, and finally to the Policy Agent documentation collection. Individual document links are to HTML versions. You'll find a PDF version of many of these documents, too. Find the PDF version by accessing the collection link instead of the individual document link.
Link Key Documents
Things to Know Important Info about the Link
Access the Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Document Collection

Installation and Initial Configuration (UNIX Platforms) This document links to Java ES installation-related topics, regardless of which document the topic appears in.

The topic-based thing really works for some. If you're one, then have fun.
The following is a screen shot of the page (it's a link, too). This shows the entire Java Enterprise System document collection. It's not impossible for the collection to change. Therefore, visit the page if you want to ensure that what you see is what you get.

The Java ES Document Collection



Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Documentation Roadmap
This document is also included in the Access Manager document collection. It gives ideas of how to use the various documents for the various components that make up Java ES.
Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Installer Tutorial There are a lot of components in Java ES. Which ones to install and how to prepare for the configuration of them can boggle the mind. This tutorial is supposed to calm your mind.
Installation and Uninstallation FAQs (UNIX Platforms) There are a lot of components in Java ES, which lends itself to questions, voices basically. This list of FAQs is supposed to calm your mind by quieting the voices.

Access the Access Manager 7 Document Collection

It's a similar deal here with this document collection. There are the usual suspects, such as Sun Java System Access Manager 7 2005Q4 Administration Guide. No doubt, you're going to want to be all over that guide. Guidance on what docs to use is provided in the Java ES doc collection, such as in the Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Documentation Roadmap. All the same, I'm listing some of the less obvious docs that I think can be extremely useful.
Link Key Documents
Things to Know Important Info about the Link

Access the Access Manager 7 Document Collection

The Link
Sun Java System Access Manager 7 2005Q4 Documentation Center This document links to Various Access Manager 7 topics, regardless of which document the topic appears in. The document includes links to the Policy Agent 2.2 docs.

The topic-based thing again. If you're so inclined, spend the time.
The following is a screen shot of the page (it's a link, too). This shows the Access Manager 7 document collection. It's not impossible for the collection to change humunuh humunuh. Therefore, visit the page if you want to ensure that what you see is what you get.

You'll notice that a some of the documents listed here are actually from the Java ES documentation collection. The idea is that you can go directly to the Access Manager documentation collection and, from here, link to everything you need.

Access Manager Document Collection
Deployment Example: Access Manager Load Balancing, Distributed Authentication, and Session Failover DON'T IGNORE THIS DOCUMENT! Expect deployment example docs, like this one, to come out regularly. Even if the deployment doesn't apply exactly to your situation, it's useful. Some deployment docs, such as this one, lay out the whole process of using Java ES, Access Manager, Policy Agent, etc. Good Stuff!
Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 User's Guide This document appears in the Access Manager document collection and the Policy Agent document collection. A couple of cool things about this document are that it lists the agents by the two different agent types: J2EE agents and web agents, and that you can easily see the supported platforms for all the agents of each agent type. 

Access the Policy Agent 2.2 Document Collection

Access Manager is updated when Java ES is updated. However, Policy Agent is not. Policy Agent 2.2 pretty much marches to the beat of a different drummer. This reflects itself in the documentation as well. For Policy Agent 2.2, new agents are constantly being introduced. Every time a new agent is released, the Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 User's Guide is updated and the Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Release Notes are also updated.
Link Key Documents
Things to Know Important Info about the Link
Access the Policy Agent 2.2 Document Collection

Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Release Notes The Release Notes cover all the agents in the Policy Agent 2.2 software set. Therefore, this doc is perhaps more "living" than most "living docs." You can expect a "Known Issue" for one agent or another to pop up in the Release Notes overnight.

The other docs are updated kind of often, too. Therefore, if you print out hard copies of any of the agent docs, be afraid. If you have a hard copy of an agent doc for a few months, there's a fair chance that it's not the most current document. OK, maybe you don't have to be afraid, but be aware.
The following is a screen shot of the page (it's a link, too). This shows the Policy Agent 2.2 document collection. This collection changes every 5 minutes. Well, not that fast, but it changes quickly. Plan accordingly. I don't know how you'd plan for that, but be aware of it anyway.

Policy Agent 2.2 Document Collection

More Information

Access a Variety of Other Forms of Information

In the Sun Microsystem's universe, it seems all things are connected. You'll find the links below seem to cross back and forth in and around each other.
Link
Purpose
Things to Know
Access Manager Related Stuff From This Link

Access "BigAdmin:
System Administrator Resources and Community"



This site is for system administrators. But like I implied above, it's all mixed and inter-connected. Whatever your role, you can find something you like at this site.
The BigAdmin portal is an interactive Web-based repository of resources for system administrators: 
FAQs, docs, education, resources, patches, scripts, software, and services and support.
You'll find documents here that are not part of the official documentation.

Single Sign-On Using Sun Java System Access Manager 2005Q4 and Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2


Installing, Managing, and Using Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Identity Manager on the Solaris 10 OS

Access "Sun Developer Network (SDN)"

This site is for developers. However, plenty of other people can benefit from it, too. Lots of good stuff here.
You should register for a Sun Online Account if you haven't already. I believe it's the same account required to download Sun software. Otherwise, you'll be going along and suddenly be blocked from accessing the good stuff.
You can join forums from SDN. Of course, I"m focusing on Access Manager here, but there are lot of other things.

Access Manager and Policy Agent Related Forums

Access Sun Blogs

For Sun Microsystem's employees to write almost anything they want.
Truth is you probably know as much as I about Sun blogs. Chances are that my blog isn't the first Sun Blog you've read. Blog info is the most cutting edge at Sun. It's also the most likely to be inaccurate. So it's give and take, give and take.
You can search the blogs.sun.com page for blogs related to Access Manager software and Policy Agent software. Below, I'll list one very Access Manager related blog. From that one person's blog, you should be able to become one with everything, or something like that. Like I've already implied, if your into Access Manager, you probably know all about this person's blog:

Pat Patterson's Blog

The Link


Okay, so that's probably more info than you know what to do with. Let me mention Sun Java Enterprise System Training. There, I mentioned it. I'm sure there are many other things to mention. Maybe I'll mention them later.



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