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:

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.

Thursday Jul 29, 2010

ODSEE 11gR1 Released: Download and Upgrade today

Oracle  Directory Server Enterprise Edition 11gR1 just released!

Like Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0, ODSEE 11g Release 1 allows companies to grow faster and easier. The significant improvement in performance overs previous releases allows companies to accelerate their applications while reducing their total cost of ownership. Companies can also reduce cost by improving serviceability with faster import 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.

ODSEE 11gR1 is a rebranded release of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 and is equivalent to a patch release. It does not include new functionality but provides additional stability and security with the inclusion of many fixes that where previously released as patches and hot fixes.

This release also aligns the list of supported platforms with most other Oracle Fusion Middleware products. For details of the changes to supported platforms, see Platform Support, System Virtualization Support, and Operating System Requirements.

As part of the integration with other Oracle Fusion Middleware components:

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)
    • 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, IP v6 supported on all platforms
    • Directory Service Control Center supported on broader list of application servers
    • For more information please visite:

ODSEE Product Management

Thursday Jul 15, 2010

New Software Download Location

We have moved software downloads to Oracle E-Delivry:

When you have reached "Media Pack Search " page, please select "Sun Products" as Product Pack.

If you experience difficulties with an older release, please contact your Support Representative, as an ultimate resource please send an email to

Wednesday Jun 23, 2010

Identity Synchronization for Windows 6.0 Service Pack 1 Just Released !

Picture credit: Sador.

Identity Synchronization for Windows 6.0 Service Pack 1 is a bug fixes release available as patches.

Please check README file included in patches for detailed list.

To upgrade from 6.0 to 6.0 SP1 please download the appropriate patch from SunSolve (you need to have a valid maintenance contract):

For Solaris SPARC : 144589-01, for Solaris X86: 144590-01, for RHEL 3.0 and 4.0: 144591-01, for Windows: 144592-01

The migration procedure is described in the README file in the "Special Install Instructions" section .

A full distribution for ISW 6.0SP1 including a specific document that describes in particular the installation procedure is expected to come at a later point.

Thursday Jun 10, 2010

Register for Free Webinar: Neil Gandhi on Identity Analytics ROI

Is your Identity Compliance project a GIANT Headache?  If so, then we have the little blue pill for your  compliance headache.  The reason why many organizations experience pain in the compliance programs they run is because of the lack of automated tools, impact to productivity and lack of ongoing actionable information.  I have seen this first hand.   Organizations usually rely upon project managers and excel spreadsheets collect information from business units and project teams.  This then leads to massive efforts to fill in information and send them back to the central team for documentation and reporting to the auditors.  Ultimately, this information is old before it is collated into the binders and the report is issued.  However, the real result is usually a GIANT HEADACHE for everyone involved.

As Identity theft outpaces any other theft and security challenges for organizations, the problem needs a more efficient solution with better processes and better tools.  Business leaders will believe in investment when they can see better utilization of key resources, better on-going information, proven segregation of duties, and ultimately better security. 

Niel Gandhi, has the "Advil" for your compliance headache with Oracle Identity Analytics.  Register here for the FREE webinar on the ROI of using Identity Analytics.  He is has years of experience solving these problems for organizations around the world.  Additionally, he has extensive experience as Principal Product Manager, Identity Analytics.  Here are a couple of the topics that he will cover in the event:

  • Automate critical identity-based controls such as attestation and segregation of duties
  • Analyze, mine, and correlate user roles for compliant and efficient user access
  • Build comprehensive reports for audit, compliance, and business purposes
  • Utilize business-friendly compliance dashboards and metrics
  • Give a 360-degree view of user’s access and achieve rapid compliance

However, the ultimate goal of his presentation is to make sure you have concrete ways to help you solve your Compliance Headache without breaking the bank.  Hope to see you there!

Live Webcast: Maximize Compliance ROI With Oracle Identity Analytics
Register Here

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Monday Apr 26, 2010

Iron-Clad Cloud: Secure Cloud Computing

As organizations continue to leverage the cloud for essential business applications and services the provisioning and security of identity data becomes an essential compliance requirement.  Oracle's new Security Newsletter  has an article that provides information on critical approaches to security in the cloud.

One solution to the security problem with cloud services can be overcome using Service Oriented Security.  The Oracle approach to using Service Oriented Security allows developers to pull from a centralized, authoritative source of identity services.  This allows developers to build security into every application from the inside-out.   This is critical to ensuring this is done in a standardized manner and most importantly it allows developers to develop without being security experts.

The "Iron-Clad Cloud:  Secure Cloud Computing" article in this quarter's Security Newsletter is a great place to start when looking for information on how to use these tools to improve the security for your organizations cloud services.  You will also find articles on database security and other bloggers who are sharing data about the security industry and Oracle's thought-leadership.

Monday Feb 15, 2010

From 0 to 100MPH in 10 sec... How fast can you do it?

Like in car racing,  for directories, being super fast is one of the driver in decision making, but when handling large amount of data with SSD and in-memory technologies,  this is not enough!

How do you go from initial service cold startup to full speed?
How long will your users and applications have to wait until end of warm-up?

Brad Diggs  in his latest post is explaining in details strategies to bring DSEE to full spee
d by using the most ad-hoc data priming strategy.

Monday Jan 25, 2010

DSEE 7 Gives Engineers More Free Time: What do they do with it?

Importing an ldif file is a common task that every engineer needs to create a directory service.  This is also a task that some engineers need to perform when restoring an instance in their topology.  DSEE 7 has introduced new innovations into the code has resulted in 5x improvements in performance. 

Wajih Ahmed, this Wednesday, will detail how he used the new F-20's to improve import times using DSEE 7.  This improvement results in real measurable time/cost savings.  Since these tasks sometimes take place over weekends or during maintenance periods this means engineers will have more time to do other things.  We want to know what are they doing with that time?  

Here is a potential list of activities they might be doing with that extra time:
  1. Spending time with their families
  2. Downloading and creating a POC for OpenSSO
  3. Attending a soccer game for their daughter
  4. Setting up their Super Bowl pool favoring their favorite team
  5. Finding cheats to get promoted in HALO ODST.
  6. Arranging a family movie night
  7. Learn about Fine Grained Access Control with OpenSSO here
  8. Writing a blog post on why they should allow dedicated server versions of Modern Warfare 2
  9. Checking out the IT platform that will manage, capture and deliver the Vancouver Winter Olympics
  10. Perusing Facebook to find out what is going on with their friends today.

If you have other creative ideas on what engineers should be doing with this extra time that DSEE 7 has given back, please share below.  I think everyone should be getting ready for the Olympics so I have included the latest video on the Torch Relay from the Vacouver Winter Olympics site.

Friday Jan 22, 2010

OpenDS and DSEE 7 Offer Compression

This week we have been sharing the different ways customer's can use compression to improve performance and reduce cost within your Directory Server Enterprise Edition environment.  On Wednesday, Brad Diggs, shared how customer's can use compression to reduce their storage footprint by 60%. Today, Ludo Poitou, Community Manager for OpenDS, wrote a great blog post on how to use compression in your OpenDS 2.2 instance.  Ludo shows how OpenDS can reduce the overall size of your directory instance.  He also gives pointers to how to configure in your directory environment.

Next week, Wajih Ahmed will be talking about how customer's can "Improving Import Speed Through ZFS Caching of LDIF import file".  He will show import rate of ds7 and opends with and without primary and secondary cache disabled vs. enabled.  This is another great example of the proven performance that Sun on Sun provides.  

Tuesday Jan 19, 2010

DSEE 7 Reduces Cost of Storage Using F-20 PCI Flash Drives

DSEE 7 launched in November and just after Christmas a couple of our Directory experts in the community at Sun took it for a test drive on the new F-20 PCIe flash drives at Sun.  The results confirmed the internal testing we did in the improved performance in import times, the reduction in Directory footprint due to compression and the overall performance improvements for DSEE 7.   This is critical for our customers because it will allow them to take advantage of growth in their business while bending the operational cost curve for their system. In some organizations, their operational budget is their biggest line-item so being able to meet growth targets while also addressing the time, cost and complexity of servicing the environment can release capital for investment in new product development.  

The team that did this great work has agreed to share the results of their testing in a series of blog articles over the next week.  The first article will be presented tomorrow by Brad Diggs, Principal Field Technologist.  Here are just a few highlights from the results that Brad will share tomorrow on compression:

  • The storage footprint was reduced by as much as 66%.
  • We were able to cache greater than 50% more entries into the filesystem cache.
  • Compression almost completely negated average entry growth that is due to the natural addition of operational attributes and replication metadata over time.
  • The nsslapd-db-page-size could be smaller and more consistent with entry growth over time. 

The other team members will be sharing insights that they learned during the testing so I encourage you to bookmark these blog's and take a look over the next couple of weeks.  The team will be sharing not only the results but the lessons learned.  One of the blog articles will discuss tuning to get better import times as well as how to set-up your own SLAMD environment to test your Directory infrastructure.  Please bookmark the following blog locations to see the results:

Brad Diggs, Principal Field Technologist, here
Ludo Poitou,  OpenDS Community Manager, here
Mark Craig, Directory Integration Team Manager, here
Wajih Ahmed,  Principal Field Technologist, here
Nick Wooler, Directory Server Product Line Manager, here

As you look at your business goals for 2010 and are looking for ways to meet your growth goals while keeping your costs under control then take another look at Directory Server 7.  Does your Directory Server provide you with the proven performance and continued innovation as Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7? 

Wednesday Jan 06, 2010

Sun Directory Proxy Server 6.3.1 Update 1 released

Credit: User:SadorDirectory Proxy Server 6.3.1 Update 1 is a patch to be applied to an existing Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3.1.

This multi-platform patch provides fixes in the Directory Proxy Server component of DSEE as well as enhancements in the administration part of Directory Proxy server more specifically in the connection handler and monitoring.

Picture credit: Sador.

For more details, see the Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3.1 Release Notes which describes the list of fixes and the new administrative properties.

This Directory Proxy Server 6.3.1 Update 1 patch 141958-01 is available  from the My Oracle Support Site:

Patch 141958-01 is designed to be applied to an existing installation of Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3.1. Please read the "Directory Proxy Server 6.3.1 Update 1" chapter in the DSEE 6.3.1 Release Notes to proceed with version prior to 6.3.1.

Directory Server Enterprise Edition
Marketing Team

Monday Dec 14, 2009

New resource for Sun Partners

New resource for Sun Partners on Directory!

If you are enrolled in the Sun Partner Advantage program you now have access to our partner library which now includes information on our directory service product line.

Click here
to get access.
Make sure you subscribe to the Watch functionality (under the Tool menu) which will enable you to be notified of updates.

Sun Partners, please use the same login you use for

Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

Directory Server 7.0 Released: Download and Upgrade today

Sun  Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 just released.

The 7.0 release is a new version for Directory Server Enterprise Edition.

Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 allows companies to grow faster and easier. The significant improvement in performance allows companies to accelerate their applications while reducing their total cost of ownership. Companies can reduce cost by improving serviceability with faster import times, new easy upgrade in place, and with the only solution in the market that gives customers a directory server, virtual directory, proxy server, web console and synchronization with Active Directory available all in one license.

This updated release improves overall quality and robustness of deployments. Among other features, by downloading DSEE 7.0 you will get:

    • Up to 3 time performance improvement
    • In place upgrade from previous DSEE 6 versions
    • Reduced disk space and memory footprint
    • Optional Data compression
    • Instant Restore capability
    • Advanced tuning capability
    • More use cases and increased performances with views through Directory Proxy Server virtual directory capabilities
    • Improved control over traffic going through Directory Proxy Server
    • New distribution algorithm with Directory Proxy Server
    • Updated list of supported Operating Systems as well as IP v6 supported on all platforms
    • Directory Service Control Center supported on broader list of application servers

Release Notes are available from here. Full documentation is available from here.

Information on Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition are also available on:

You can download Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 software from the following location:

The download page serves as a starting point to direct you to the proper downloads depending on the distribution type you need to download.

Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 is available in the following full distributions.

  • ZIP Full distribution (Solaris, OpenSolaris, Red Hat, SuSE, HP-UX, Windows) - standalone delivery to install Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0. For upgrade from 6.x please refer to Installation Guide.
  • Native SVR4 packages for Solaris. For upgrade from 6.x please refer to Installation Guide.

Identity Synchronization for Windows is not delivered in the Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 distribution and have to be selected from the download page:

Directory Server Enterprise Edition
Marketing Team


Friday Nov 13, 2009

Identity in Healthcare Webinar Nov. 18

The  Sun Identity Management team will be giving a webinar next Wednesday to discuss the very important topic of Identity Management and healthcare.  As the healthcare legislation moves through congress the increase of 36M patients on healthcare providers, insurance companies, and patients will be profound.  The cost savings projected by the bills will rely on IT systems to provide increased access to information to drive productivity gains.  As we have seen with recent high profile identity security breeches at hospitals identity security is critical in making sure the right people have access to the appropriate information, that information must be shared with all members of the value chain securely.

Sun's Identity Management Suite provides a powerful package of solutions to help with storing identity information with Directory Server Enterprise Edition;  managing authorization, federation and web services security with OpenSSO; providing provisioning solutions with Identity Manager; and, defining and managing role based access control with Role Manager.

Join this free Webinar to learn how Sun's identity management solutions can help your organization to:

  • Automate management of digital identities for other providers, patients, physicians, clinicians, and payors Provide single sign-on (SSO) and secure federated access to privacy-regulated healthcare information while adhering to strict mandates
  • Enable delegated, self-service password management
  • Comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), internal security policies, and corporate governance policies with complete auditing and reporting capabilities

Sun identity management solutions make it easier for healthcare organizations to manage and share digital information.

Register here.

Topic: Topic: Sun Webinar Series - Identity Management for Healthcare
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 19.00 CET (check my timezone)
Duration: 1 hour

Sun Product Manager Suresh Sridharan


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