Monday Jan 04, 2010

Happy New Year Authenticating to OpenSSO Monitoring Service

A monitoring framework based on the Java Dynamic Management Kit (JDMK) was introduced in OpenSSO Express Build 8. Access to OpenSSO's monitoring data may be via the HTTP, SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), or RMI (Remote Method Invocation) interfaces.

In OpenSSO Express Build 9 (and currently available in the nightly build), access to the Monitoring Service's HTTP interface has been modified to require authentication to access OpenSSO monitoring data through the HTTP interface. (An HTML Protocol Adaptor comes with the JDMK and is used to authenticate. See The HTML Protocol Adaptor for more information.)

The opensso_mon_auth file contains the name and password of the user (or users) with permission to log in and see the OpenSSO monitoring data. It is located in the /ConfigurationDirectory/install-URI/ directory created during the OpenSSO installation; by default, /opensso/opensso/opensso_mon_auth. The file initially contains the user demo with an encrypted value equal to the password changeit. This user can be replaced or additional users added to the file. Type any user identifier followed by a space and the encrypted value of the user's password. The user name is case-sensitive and the password must be encrypted using the ampassword command line tool. It is located in the ssoAdminTools.zip which is in the tools directory of the expanded opensso.zip. For more information see Installing the OpenSSO Enterprise Utilities and Scripts.

NOTE: The user in this file is not tied in any respect to the OpenSSO user data store. Authentication to the monitoring data using the HTML Protocol Adaptor is a separate authentication process from that of OpenSSO.

Now just a little wish from ABBA (and me, by proxy) for all to enjoy the new year and decade. Happy New Year from the Super Trouper LP - an acronym from many new years ago.

Friday Sep 04, 2009

OpenSSO Express 8 Shall Be Released

Congratulations to all on the release of OpenSSO Express 8, an early access version of Sun OpenSSO Enterprise that is fully supported and indemnified by Sun Microsystems for customers. The new ZIP archive is available for download on opensso.dev.java.net.

OpenSSO Express 8 introduces:
  • One Time Password Authentication
  • A new Resource Authentication Type
  • Federated single sign-on for .Net applications using the .NET Fedlet
  • Support for MySQL as a user data store
  • The new Entitlements Service
  • A new monitoring framework built using the Java Dynamic Management Kit (JDMK)
  • A new Administration Console (in beta) that allows authorization administration with the new Entitlements Service and new work flows for configuring federation and web services security
  • A new work flow for setting up federated single sign-on with Salesforce.COM
A list of all the new features and enhancements in OpenSSO Express 8 is available as part of Release Notes. Detailed documentation on the new features is available on the OpenSSO Documentation wiki.

And here's an incredible (and incredibly old) performance of Bette Midler singing Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released.

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