Tuesday Jan 26, 2010

Eyes Only: OpenSSO Express 9 Documentation

In anticipation of the release of OpenSSO Express 9, we've uncovered the documentation. The Parent Page for OpenSSO Express 9 contains links to wiki articles you may not (or may ;>) have seen including:
  • Authenticating to the OpenSSO Express 9 Monitoring Service
  • Configuring the OpenSSO Express 9 Java Fedlet for XACML Query
  • More Entitlements Service Subcommands and Options for the ssoadm Command Line Interface in OpenSSO Express 9
  • Deploying OpenSSO Express 9 on an IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0 Web Container
  • OpenSSO Express 9 MIB File for Monitoring Service
  • Rebuilding the Indexes for an Embedded OpenDS Data Store in OpenSSO Express 9
  • XACML Subcommands and Options for the ssoadm Command Line Interface in OpenSSO Express 9
  • Implementing ASP.NET Fedlet Single Logout with OpenSSO Express 9
  • Introducing the OpenSSO Express 9 Entitlements Service REST Interfaces
  • New Functionality for the OpenSSO Express 9 Java Fedlet
  • New Functionality for Web Services Security in OpenSSO Express 9
  • New Functionality in the OpenSSO Express 9 Standard and Beta Administration Consoles
  • Using the OpenSSO Express 9 REST Privilege Management Interfaces
  • Introducing the OpenSSO OAuth Token Service (Express 9 Early Access)
  • Rebuilding the OpenDS Indexes for a Remote User Data Store in OpenSSO Express 9
  • Using Microsoft Active Directory 2008 as the OpenSSO Express 9 User Data Store
  • Using the OpenSSO Express 9 REST Listener Management Interfaces
  • Using the OpenSSO Express 9 REST Policy Evaluation Interfaces
Now check out Sheena Easton singing the James Bond theme, For Your Eyes Only.

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Buddying Up for the NEW OpenSSO Resource Center

There have been changes made to the OpenSSO Resource Center. The home page might look the same but drill down deeper and you will find some new sections.
  • First and foremost, Sun OpenSSO Documentation has been moved from another (relatively new) wiki space to become buddies with the OpenSSO Resource Center.
  • The Sun OpenSSO doc team has begun the process of moving all official documentation (starting with version 8.0) to the Sun OpenSSO Documentation wiki space. All documentation moving forward will be created on wiki. Here is a direct link to the Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Documentation Center wiki. This page has links to the documentation on docs.sun.com as well as newer links to the wiki versions of the documentation. (The titles of wiki pages are appended with the word wiki to differentiate from those appended with the acronym dsc.) You will notice more wiki-formatted pages and less links to docs.sun.com as the process proceeds.
  • A Community Contributions space has been added for YOU. As long as you are a registered user of wikis.sun.com, a Sun partner or a Sun employee, you can add a page and write up some content that will be helpful to the rest of the community. Or just edit the Community Contributions home page and add a link to a blog entry or other article you think might be helpful to the OpenSSO community.

    • Any information you publish as a registered wiki user can be viewed and edited by other registered wiki users. Anonymous users can view, but not edit, content.
    • Any information you publish as a Sun employee can be viewed and edited by other Sun employees only.
  • Engineering Drafts is a SUN INTERNAL site. (Sorry, externals.) Sun employees can add one-pagers, requirement specs, PRDs, and other requisite documentation to this page. Thus, all our development docs can be housed in one place. This page describes how to create an engineering draft page.

And in honor of the buddying up of two OpenSSO wikis, enjoy the buddying up of two phenomenal talents. Here's a clip of Angela Lansbury and the late, great Bea Arthur singing Bosom Buddies, the duet they originated on Broadway in the musical Mame.

Friday Apr 17, 2009

What a Difference Updated OpenSSO Federation Docs Make

I recently posted two updated docs from the OpenSSO Enterprise engineering team regarding the federation architecture and use cases. You can access these documents from tree or using the links below.

Now, start the weekend early, get off your chair and dance away to Esther Phillips singing her disco version of the standard What a Difference a Day Makes.

Thursday Sep 25, 2008

Are You Ready for OpenSSO Deployment 1?

Hi all. I'm still around but haven't had the time to blog as regularly as I'd (and hopefully you'd) like. Come November after the release of OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0, I will have more blog entries so stay tuned.

In the meantime, here is the Early Access edition of the Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Deployment 1: Single Sign-on with Load Balancing and Failover. The book contains the procedures to implement, configure and test a full OpenSSO deployment for the purpose of single sign-on.

See comments below for UPDATES since this posting.

Key features of Deployment 1 include:
  • Installing and configuring Directory Server as a user data store.
  • Installing J2EE and web policy agents on protected resources.
  • Installing and configuring OpenSSO instances to run as a non-root user.
  • Configuring load balancers for session failover and high performance.
  • Configuring the deployment for system failover, ensuring that when one instance of OpenSSO Enterprise goes down, requests are redirected to the second instance.
  • Configuring components (including OpenSSO and Directory Server, the Distributed Authentication User Interface, and policy agents) as redundant to achieve high availability.
  • Configuring for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) communications to the OpenSSO load balancer, to the Distributed Authentication User Interface load balancer, and to the Directory Server load balancer.
So check it out. You can also see the complete set of Early Access documentation for OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0. Now is the time to air your thoughts.

Thanks to Sun engineer Anant for his work on the book. Because of it, this book is an invaluable tool for understanding and keystroking an OpenSSO deployment.

And whether you are ready or not, Bucks Fizz certainly is. Are You Ready is the title song of their second album. Not sure if it's Jay or Cheryl wearing the diaper but it's quite an 80s sight!

Thursday Jun 12, 2008

What's Up, Doc? Early Access Docs!

We've just added a page to the OpenSSO site that contains links to some of the documentation now being written internally for the productized release of OpenSSO, Sun Federated Access Manager 8.0. These early access documents might contain information and procedures that have not yet been reviewed or tested. In fact, if you find something that doesn't sit right, shoot me an email or comment below and the writing team will look into it.

Click through to the Early Access Documents Page and start federatin'. The page will open in a new window because you know you want to see the credits of Peter Bogdanovich's 1972 film What's Up, Doc? with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal doing it to Cole Porter's You're the Top.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

The FAM Technical Overview and the Shuttered Palace

I've finished the first draft of the first two chapters of the Sun Federated Access Manager 8.0 Technical Overview. Download a PDF, lock yourself in a room, read it, and feel free to leave me your comments.

And while shuttered in your room, watch Ellen Foley (of Meat Loaf/Paradise by The Dashboard Light, Hair and Night Court fame) in The Shuttered Palace from her 1982 LP, The Spirit of St. Louis featuring members of The Clash.

Wednesday Dec 05, 2007

Jonathan Speaks About Docs

On November 19, 2007, Jonathan Schwartz spoke about technical documentation in the new millennium at a joint IPG brown bag session and editorial forum meeting. Here, a little past sell thru date, is my take on my notes on his shpiel. Feel free to comment, Jonathan, if I've misrepresented you.

Documentation is defined by the user, not by Sun. The perfect product is one in which the user is enveloped in information. We as writers should do all the work for the user by navigating the chaos but how we can be compelling? Well, Jonathan is very big on blogging. Me, too. Interestingly enough, the number one reason Jonathan started to blog was to get 4000 others to start. (I think that means us.) He finds blogging the single most important way to engage the marketplace: the more people are talking about us, the less they are talking about our competitors. And because our competitors have more sales people, bigger brands and a broader reach, we can fight back by engaging people in their interests through blogging. Here are some paraphrased questions and answers from, shockingly enough, the Q&A:

Q - Shouldn't all the info be in one place rather than all over blogs?

A - It is. The internet.

Q - What do we do with globalization?

A - No great wisdom from Jonathan except ask. Find out what people are downloading globally.

Q - How do you measure success? Metrics?

A - It's next to impossible to measure. What Jonathan cares about most is engagement as once someone is engaged, you've got them.

Peter Fernandez summed up the talk when he said (paraphrased of course) that now we typically use a set of tools to create deliverables and post them to docs.sun.com. For us as writers, the challenge is not whether a blog is replacing this traditional documentation but how can we integrate the blog, and other non-traditional sources of information, into what we do now.

So, if you can't blog today, how about tomorrow or the day after that.

Now that sounds like a seque...

I embed this video of Liza Minnelli singing, um, The Day After That in commemoration of World AIDS Day which was four days ago on December 1.

Even Lucy, my cat, was mesmerized when she heard that voice, jumped up on the desk, and saw Liza's face close-up on the computer screen.

Hey, where else can you get your Jonathan Schwartz fix and your Liza Minnelli fix in one blog entry?
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