Wednesday Jul 20, 2011

Oracle Unified Directory 11gR1 Released !

We have released Oracle Unified Directory. This next generation directory service defines a new category in the directory server market.

Oracle Unified Directory is an all-in-one directory solution with storage, proxy, synchronization and virtualization capabilities.
While unifying the approach, it provides all the services required for high-performance Enterprise and carrier-grade environments. Oracle Unified Directory
ensures scalability to billions of entries, ease of installation, elastic deployments, enterprise manageability and effective monitoring. 

Highlights of Oracle Unified Directory include:

  • Next Generation product that capitalizes on Oracle's existing directory services solutions with years of continuous and innovative development
  • Apart from tremendous read performance, support for high volume writes to address new application requirements with frequent changes to identity data such as location, images, relationships
  • Support for Elastic Scalability with data distribution and global index to accommodate growth as needed
  • On-premise and Cloud computing deployments
  • Smaller footprint, making Oracle Unified Directory simple to embed, and easy to deploy and manage
  • Interoperability with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Directory Services Plus Suite

For more information about Oracle Unified Directory, visit this site.

Product Documentation


Product Download


Thursday Jul 14, 2011

Introducing Oracle Unified Directory 11g

=> July 21, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET / 19:00 CET

Enterprises face many choices for managing identity data: to virtualize or not to virtualize, to synchronize data or store data. The choice of directory server means choosing between multiple vendors and compromising between features and performance. Oracle Unified Directory 11g defines a new category in the directory server market. Join us for this launch webcast to learn how Oracle Unified Directory 11g provides scalability and a complete directory server solution. 

Register by clicking here.



Tuesday Jun 14, 2011

ODSEE 11gR1 Patch Set 1 Released: Download and update today!

First Patch Set for Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition 11gR1 just released!

ODSEE 11g Release 1 Patch Set 1 (11.1.1.5.0) allows companies to grow faster and easier. The significant improvement in performance over previous Sun DSEE 5.2 and 6.x releases allows companies to accelerate their applications while reducing their total cost of ownership. Companies can also reduce cost through improved serviceability with faster import/export times and smooth, in-place upgrade that reuses your existing data store. This complete solution provides a directory server, proxy server (for high availability and distribution of data and load) , web console and synchronization with Active Directory, all under one product (ODSEE) and licensed as part of Oracle Directory Services Plus.

This release is a Patch Set to ODSEE 11gR1 and Sun DSEE 7.0. In addition to multiple fixes previously released as patches and hot fixes, ODSEE 11g Release 1 Patch Set 1 includes new features:

  • Support for importing and exporting compressed files
  • Fastest export capabilities
  • Support for SASL authentication through GSSAPI on Linux
  • New password hashing schemes
  • Repack option for compacting an existing suffix
  • New load-balancing algorithms for the proxy component
  • Multiple new options for proxy server logs
  • New Bind and Connection logs for proxy server
  • Schema support for Oracle Fusion Applications

This distribution includes the Identity Synchronization for Windows.

This updated release improves the overall quality and robustness of deployments. Among other features and capabilities, by upgrading from DSEE 5.2 or 6.x you might benefit from:

    • Up to 300% performance improvement
    • In-place upgrade from DSEE 6 and 7 (no need to export/import existing data)
    • Fastest export
    • Reduced disk space and memory footprint
    • Optional data compression
    • Instant restore capabilities
    • Advanced tuning capabilities
    • Improved control over traffic going through Directory Proxy Server
    • New distribution algorithm with Directory Proxy Server
    • Updated list of supported Operating Systems
    • For more information please visit:

You can download ODSEE 11gR1 Patch Set 1 for evaluation from here and also from E-Delivery (select "Oracle Fusion Middleware" Product Pack)
ODSEE Product Management

Friday Jun 10, 2011

Update your bookmarks !

You might have noticed that we moved to .oracle.com, so please update your bookmarks for this blog and use blogs.oracle.com/directoryservices  for future references.

Friday Mar 18, 2011

Do You Have The Right Directory Services for Cloud Computing ?

Webcast by Mark Wilcox

Cloud computing is driving many organizations to rethink their identity architecture. Computing in either private or hybrid clouds requires a strong identity foundation that can virtualize identity data from several 

legacy applications; can use standards based security protocols like OpenID, SAML, etc.; and provide performance and stability to meet modern SLA's. Oracle Directory Services Plus has a complete suite of product's necessary to build your identity foundation for the cloud. Combine Oracle Directory Services Plus with Oracle Identity Federation and you have a complete solution that includes, a virtual directory, directory server and directory integration tools used to synch with Active Directory. This live Webcast will explore how the complete Oracle solution can help you build the identity foundation you need to perform in a cost-effective way.

Webcast Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011 
Webcast Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time 

Registration here.

Monday Feb 21, 2011

Register Today for Free Webinar: Oracle Security Online Forum Feb. 24

Oracle and Accenture are holding a new joint event focusing on security. The event will feature great line-up of speakers and sessions that will last from 9:00-1:00pm PT on Thursday, Feb. 24. The event will focus on Security topics that face the enterprise today. The event kicks-off with a keynote presentation detailing emerging security trends and where we think security is headed in the next decade. Please join us for 30 minutes or the entire day.

Key Speakers:

  • Mary Ann Davidson, Oracle’s Chief Security Officer, on industry-leading standards, technologies, and practices that ensure that Oracle products—and your entire system—remain as secure as possible.

  • Jeff Margolies, Partner, Accenture’s Security Practice—on key security trends and solutions to prepare for in 2011 and beyond.

  • Vipin Samar, Vice President of Oracle Database Security solutions—on new approaches to protecting data and database infrastructure against evolving threats.

  • Tom Kyte, Senior Technical Architect and Oracle Database Guru—on how you can safeguard your enterprise application data with Oracle’s Database Security solutions.

  • Nishant Kaushik, Chief Identity Strategist—on how organizations can look to Oracle Identity Management solutions to help them reduce fraud and streamline compliance.

Full List of Sessions: Look here for sessions tab for list

Monday Jan 17, 2011

New Home for our Documentation.

Our collections of documentation moved from old docs.sun.com to Oracle Technical Network documentation system.

Please update your bookmarks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

If you experience difficulties, please contact your Support Representative, as an ultimate resource please send an email here.


Wednesday Jan 12, 2011

Directory Services as you never seen it before!

Ever thought of having a monitoring service that would:

  • Monitor Directory Server instances availability
  • Provide performance monitoring of hundreds of directory metrics
  • Raise alerts based on thresholds set on monitoring data.
  • Provide rich out-of-box reports

Now the System Monitoring Plug-In for Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition extends Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control to add support for monitoring you Directory Server instances!

For more details please visit:

Please visit:


Wednesday Nov 03, 2010

In the News

In the News News from our sibling OpenDS project: the development group just released OpenDS 2.2 Update 1. You can check details on Mark Craig's blog. Documentation is up-to-date here.

Thursday Oct 21, 2010

We've Moved ! Just a few blocks away...

Sun Forum for directory is now moved to Oracle Forum.

You will find there the same great level of interaction with our community of users.

Since September 24, Sun Forum is in read-only mode for reference to past questions, Oracle Forum is the right venue for new threads and new topics related to Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition as well as former Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition.

Friday Sep 24, 2010

Day 5: Open World Wrap-up

I had a great time this week at Oracle Open World.  It is quite a show with over 47K attendees spread over 4 city blocks with great sessions and conversations about Identity Management and many other cutting edge technologies.  I am definitely in powerpoint overload and would be happy not to see another slide for awhile but the information was great!  We have collected some of the photos from the sessions up on our Facebook page here.  Here is just one of the pictures from the concert on Treasure Island with the Black Eyed Peas, The Steve Miller Band and Don Henley.  It was a great concert.

The presentations were all taped and should be up on the website shortly.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.  If you followed us on Twitter, please let us know what you think by sending us messages.

The Verizon presentation on Directory Server Enterprise Edition and using Fracational Replication was a highlight for me.  It should have been scheduled earlier in the week so that more people could have attended.  Verizon has one of the largest directory deployments in the world with 40+ million identities and many partners and LOB's using it as their repository.  The Verizon deployment is also a great example of using Fractional Replication to empower LOB's with their own identity repository but allowing the central team to maintain the control over the data.  Verizon is also a great example of using SSO to reduce cost and maintain a great User Experience across many different portals.  Madhu, thanks for sharing such great information with the identity management community.  I will post the presentation once it is available on the website.

Thursday Sep 23, 2010

Day 4: IDM at Oracle Open World

Hope you enjoyed the Black Eyed Peas last night.  We have an action packed IDM session on Thursday to finish up the show.  Here is a quick run down of the sessions.  Etienne and I will be introducing Verizon as we talk about how Replication and Fractional Replication are critical features in a high performance Directory Server deployment.


· Follow us on Twitter @OracleIDM. Use hash tags #oow10idm

 Time  Title  Location
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Middleware s317487 End-t-End Secure Identity Propagation Moscone South Rm 310

 Middleware, Applications s316524 Oracle Idenity Management for
Oracle JD Edwards EntrpriseOne

Moscone South Rm 309
10:30 am – 11:30 am Middleware s316991 Database User Management wit Oracle Directry
Services and Actve Directry
Moscone South Rm 310

Middleware s316837 Deploy a Highly Performant Entitlements Solution
wit Oracle Entitlements Server
Moscone South Rm 309

Middleware s317270 Service-Oriented Security: Simplifing Identity
Management for Applications
Moscone West L3, Rm
3018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Middleware s316829 Demystfing IdM: A Custmer’s Guide to a
Practical IdM Deployment Strategy
Moscone South, Rm 309
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Middleware S315086 Replication Best Approaches on Directory Server -
Fractional Replication
Moscone South Rm 309

Middleware S316829 Demystifing IdM: A Customer’s Guide t a
Practical IdM Deployment Stategy

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Middleware s314871 Oracle Identity Manager and Oracle BPEL Tools
for Digital Identity Management

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Middleware s314871 Oracle Identity Manager and Oracle BPEL Tools
for Digital Identity Management
Moscone Sout Rm 309
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Middleware/Oracle Develop S317543 Service Orientd Security 101 Hotel Nikko Mendocino I / II






Tuesday Sep 21, 2010

Day 2: Directory at Oracle Open World

Oracle Open World is off to a great start with plenty of good content and demo's for the business owner or technical implementation team.  Yesterday I saw two great demos from the OAM team.  Mark Karlstrand, pictured to the right was giving a demo on OTP Anywhere to Bob Blakeley.  It was impressive as he used his cell phone to provide a stronger authentication method for a bank transfer -demo not real but you get the point.    

There are a couple of ways to follow what is going on during the show.  

You can follow us on Twitter by using the hash tags #oow10 #idm or follow us directly @OracleIDM.  

We also are uploading pictures and video's from the day at our Facebook page at Facebook/OracleIDM here.

Here are the sessions for Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Oracle Open World

 Time  Title  Location
 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Middleware s317146 Securing Web Services: Solutions, Best Practices, Moscone South Rm 309
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Middleware s317467 Simplify Identity Management and Support Future Growth with Directory Services
Moscone South Rm 309
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Middleware s317064 Oracle Identity Management Administration Best Practices
Moscone South Rm 309
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Middleware s317240 Oracle’s Identity Management Strategy (for Sun, Oracle and New Customers Alike)
Moscone South Rm 310
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Middleware s317484 Case Study: How Cisco Achieved Large-Scale, Highly Available Access Management
Moscone South Rm 310
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Middleware s317244 Enforcing Segregation-of-Duties Controls with Identity Management
Moscone South Rm 309



                    Growth with Directory Services
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Middleware s317064 Oracle Identity Management Administration Best Moscone South Rm 309
                    Practices
Middleware s317240 Oracle’s Identity Management Strategy (for Sun, Moscone South Rm 310
  Oracle and New Customers Alike)
Middleware s317484 Case Study: How Cisco Achieved Large-Scale, Highly Moscone South, Rm 310
Available Access Management
Middleware s317244 Enforcing Segregation-of-Duties Controls with Identity Moscone South Rm 309
Management

Friday Sep 10, 2010

Identity Management at Oracle Open World

Oracle Open World is fast approaching and the time to register is NOW so you don't miss out.  This year the show is going to be a blast.  I have heard rumors about the band that will be performing one night but you know what they say about rumors.  More importantly, the IDM team have a lot of new things to talk about at this years show.  First, we released 11g this summer which included exciting new approaches like Service Oriented Security, better user experience and new features for:

  • Oracle Identity Manager
  • Oracle Access Manager
  • Oracle Adaptive Access Manager
  • Oracle Identity Analytics

If you want a comprehensive list of all the sessions so you can follow along.  Please visit the Focus On Identity Management document located here.  Also, we have five don't miss sessions which you need to attend.  Here are the dates and times.  Or, you can find them on our Facebook page here.

 Date & Time
 Title of Presentation
 Location
Mon 11am Oracle Identity Management 11g Overview Moscone South 309
Tue 2pm Simplify IDM with Directory Services –
Moscone South 309
Tues  3:30pm Oracle’s IDM Strategy (for Sun, Oracle Customers Alike)
Moscone South 310
Wed 1pm Building a Strong Foundation for Your Cloud with  IDM
Moscone South 309
Wed 4:45pm Complete Identity & Access Governance with OIA 11g
Moscone South 309
Tues 5pm How Cisco Achieved Large-Scale, Highly Available Access Management Moscone South 310

The last time the Identity Management team was all together a  few photo's were taken and I have included one from that fun event at Burton Catalyst.  Hope you will be able to join us!


Thursday Aug 26, 2010

Register Today for Free Webinar: Simplify Access Management with F5 & Oracle

On Thursday, August 26.  We are hosting a webcast that will take you through the solution and talk about why we believe this will simplify Access Management.  Please join us as F5 and Oracle product experts explain this simple solution.

Title: Live Webcast: Streamline Access Management with F5 & Oracle

When:  Thursday, August 26, 2010, 10:00 a.m. PT or 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: Register for this live webcast here: Streamline Access Management with F5 & Oracle

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