Sunday Nov 11, 2007

The NEW Federated Access Manager 8.0 Developer's Guide

I am the writer assigned to the Sun Java System Federated Access Manager 8.0 Developer's Guide. This tome will be released with the product in 2008. I predict a multitude of changes between the Access Manager 7.1 Developer's Guide and this new Developer's Guide. I have sent out a link to this blog entry because I'd like to solicit feedback from customers and the field as I am ramping up my documentation plan. I already have some of my own ideas but this is the perfect time to have your voice heard.

If you have any ideas on how I can improve the Developer's Guide, please comment me. I appreciate any input.

When you see the new Developer's Guide in 2008, you'll be as happy as...um...as happy as...hmmm...as happy as...oh! A dog and his ball.

Max and his tennis ball, that is.

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007

No Scary AM 7.1 Deployments This Halloween

I am pleased to announce the Halloween publication of the Deployment Example 1: Access Manager 7.1 Load Balancing, Distributed Authentication UI, and Session Failover. I've spent the last three months writing this epic tome (over 300 pages). Inestimable engineering help was provided by the unflappable Anant Kadam. It was a great experience and, IMHO, Anant and I have put together a valuable tool for helping administrators with a complicated deployment of Access Manager 7.1. (While we're plugging deployment examples, an update of the Deployment Example 1: Access Manager 7.0 Load Balancing, Distributed Authentication UI, and Session Failover was recently published. Check out that book if you're deploying Access Mananger 7.0.)

And you certainly didn't think I'd leave you without a tribute to this crr-eee-eeeee-pppp-yyyyy day. Here is the trailer for one of the scariest movies ever brought to the silver screen -- Mary Poppins.

MWA-HAAAA-HAAAAA-HHAAAAAA!!!!

A spoonful of sugar, indeed!

Monday Oct 22, 2007

Data Repository Difference Between Access Manager WAR and JES Installs

There is a difference in how Access Manager is configured after deployment using the new WAR-based distribution as compared to the JES package-based installation (performed by the JES Installer) previously used. When Access Manager is installed using JES, by default, it is configured for LDAP authentication and has all its data defined in an LDAP directory. The LDAP tree contains thousands of records including configuration data (which includes administrator users and agent profiles) and sample user entry trees. When Access Manager is installed using the WAR file, by default, it is configured to use Data Store authentication. Additionally,the sample user data is stored in a flat file and, unless otherwise specified on the configurator page, Access Manager configuration data is also stored in the flat file. You can reconfigure an Access Manager realm to retrieve data from an LDAPv3-compliant directory after the fact but be sure to load the Access Manager schema during WAR configuration.
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