Thursday Apr 30, 2009

Directory experts from the US meet in Somerset.

Nick Wooler presenting at Sun Directory Masters 2009 in NJYesterday and today, we're hosting the US version of the Sun Directory Masters in Somerset NJ. Despite the weak economy and the swine flu, over 40 sales engineers, consultants, software architects met to discuss with the lead developers from the Directory engineering team, the coming features of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7 and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0.

With an agenda very similar to the Grenoble event, yesterday we've covered the Directory landscape, the Directory Services products roadmap, performances and new deployment scenarios offered with the new products. Today, we're discussing Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0, its performances, tools to transition legacy directory services to new deployments, benchmarking tools... We also have presentations done by our partners like Bill Hathaway from Versatile or our own field engineers or architects like Brad Diggs, Michael Melore (trying to entertain the attendance at lunch break), Wajih Ahmed or Lee Trujillo (as pictured during his talk below).

Michael Melore, Master of ceremony at the Directory Masters in Somerset NJLee Trujillo talking DirTracer at the Directory Master event in Somerset NJ

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Thursday Feb 19, 2009

Directory Masters will meet again this year...

View from Sun GECAs last year, Directory Experts from all over the world will meet again in the Grenoble Engineering Center, France, on April 1st - 2nd, 2009 and later in Sun facilities in Somerset, NJ, USA on April 29th - 30th, 2009.

The Directory Masters Event brings together a highly technical community of experts in the Directory space, to share the product knowledge and best practices, enabling sales and deployments of the Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition products. This event is opened to Sun employees and Sun partners, more specifically to those in Pre-Sales, Sales and Service Delivery who are involved in the design, the architecture and the deployment of large or mission critical Directory services solutions.

During the 2 days event, experts will be presented and discussing the Sun Directory Services roadmap, DSEE 7.0 new features, OpenDS present and future, best practices, experience reports and much more.

The event is free of charge but sitting is limited. So if you're interested, eligible and not registered yet, do it now !
Send an email at dirMasters09 at sun dot com indicating your name, title, company and/or organization, and of course which event you would like to participate in.

Location Details

  • Event Date: April 1-2, 2009

Location: Grenoble, France

Address: Sun Microsystems
Grenoble Engineering Center

180 Avenue de l'europe, Inovallee
38334 Montbonnot cedex.

  • Event Date : April 29-30, 2009.

Location: Somerset, NJ, USA

Address: Sun Microsystems Inc.
400 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873

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Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

Running Directory Server Console with WebLogic 10.

The Sun Directory Service Control Center is a web application that allows administrators to configure and administer all of their Sun Directory 6.x servers and Directory Proxy 6.x servers from a single place.
The Console is supported to run on Tomcat 5.5 and Sun Java System Application Server 8.2. In a previous blog post, I demonstrated how to deploy DSCC in GlassFishv2.

Thanks to Eric Le Ponner, architect of DSEE and lead developer for the Administration part, we can now deploy DSCC in WebLogic 10 Application Server.

This will be fully supported with Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7, but here's the workaround to get it to work with Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3.

First deploy DSCC war file on WebLogic.
Then just add the following weblogic.xml file in the WEB-INF directory, next to the web.xml file for the DSCC web application:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>



There you are.

For those who like the gory details, DSCC is a servlet 2.3 web application and implements a servlet filter to manage security. WebLogic 10 Application Server supports by default the servlet 2.4 specifications and process differently filtered requests. The trick is then to instruct WebLogic to do the filtering as for the servlet 2.3 specifications.

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Friday Jun 29, 2007

Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.1

Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.1 is now publicly available, about 3 months after the release of DSEE 6.0.

In this update release, you will get 2 major enhancements over version 6.0.

  • DSCC (the Graphical User Interface) is now available as a WAR file, that can be deployed either in Sun Application Server (8.2, ie the one available in JavaES R5) or Tomcat 5.5.
  • dsadm has a new command "repack" that allows an administrator to "compact" the database files and optimized the database disk utilization.

It also includes other small changes that improved the ease of use and reliability of both Directory Server and Directory Proxy Server.

You can get it from the Directory Server Enterprise Edition Download page.
Since DSEE 6.0 was delivered on many platforms (Solaris sparc, Solaris x86, Solaris x64, Linux, HP-UX and Windows) and 2 flavors of each (the native package version also known as the Java ES 5 version, and the zip version), you need to make sure you get the right update version for your platform. The download wizard is a great help for this. One warning though, if you're looking to update DSEE on a Solaris x86 system. We do make a difference between Solaris 9 x86 (ie a 32bit architecture, which is also supported on Solaris 10) and the Solaris 10 x64 (which is the 64bit version only supported on Solaris 10 with AMD or Intel 64-bit processors).

Make sure you install the required system patches first (for Native packages), the localization patches before the DSEE one. And if installing on Solaris 10 Containers (zones), the system patches are to be applied in the global zone.

The next release of DSEE is already being worked on (and mostly done), and will be available with Java Enterprise System 5 Update 1.
Future updates are also already in the works... Stay tuned.

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This is the blog of a senior software engineer, specialized in LDAP, Directory Server and OpenDS. Ludovic Poitou works in France at the Grenoble Engineering Center, in the Directory Services Engineering team. Outside work, I love skiing and taking photo


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