Saturday Sep 08, 2012

From The OU Classrooms...

No excuses for not doing this systematically, and I'm trying my best to break this bad habit of bulk uploads of class photographs and do it regularly instead. But for the time being, please forgive my laziness and live by my mass introduction of all fun loving, yet talented folks whom I met in the OU classrooms during the last three months or so through these picture essay that follow. It's unfortunate, I don't get to do this for my Live Virtual Classes for obvious reason,but let me take a moment to thank them all as well for choosing OU programs on various products. Thanks again to each one for memorable moments in the OU classrooms:


Pillar Axiom MaxRep session at Bangkok. For detailed information on the OU course on Pillar Axiom Max Rep, access this page.


Pillar Axiom SAN Administration Session at Bangkok. Know more about the product here. Details on the Pillar Axiom training program from Oracle University can be found here.


Oracle Solaris ZFS Administration & Oracle Solaris Containers session at Hyderabad. Read more about ZFS here. Gain information on Solaris Containers by going here. Oracle University courses on Solaris 10 and its features can be viewed at this page.


Oracle Solaris Cluster program at Hyderabad. Here's the OU landing page for the training programs on Oracle Solaris Cluster.


Oracle Solaris 11 Administration Session at Bangalore. If you are interested to get trained on Solaris 11, get more details at this webpage.


Sun Identity Manager Deployment Fundamentals session at Bangalore. The product is n.k.a Oracle Waveset IDM. Click here to get detailed description on this fabulous hands on training program.


With Don Kawahigashi at Taipei for Pillar Axiom Storage training.

Saturday Aug 06, 2011

IDM Session in Pune

At the beautiful campus of a Client in Pune, we concluded a five day discussion on Identity Manager.



It is commendable that even after an energy sapping five day program from OU, folks still didn't turn down my request to perform teach back on the concluding day of the program. Thanks and good work.

I happened to stumble on this You Tube video on Installing Identity Manager 8.1, which I think is quite a useful one. Complete documentation on Sun Identity Manager 8.1 (n.k.a Oracle Waveset IDM) is available here.

Thanks also to all my good old friends who managed to find some time to catch up with me at Pune.

Saturday May 08, 2010

Sun IDM 8.x Deployment Training in Bangalore

I would wish to offer my sincere thanks to the folks in the snap, who in spite of an exhaustive five day session on Sun IDM Deployment training managed to produce a smile for this moment.



For all Sun IDM enthusiasts out there, here is a reminder about existence of Sun IDM Integrator Certification Exam that you may want to consider taking up.

Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

Integrating GlassFish Web Space Server with OpenSSO

Last week I was engaged in bringing up a demo set up at Sun Solution Center in Bangalore, employing a number of components from Sun Software Stack, including IDM (Sun's provisioning tool), OpenSSO (Sun's Access Management Solution), DSEE (User Data Store), MySQL (Sun's database), GlassFish (Sun's Application Server) and Glassfish Web Space Server (Sun's portal solution) installed in Solaris Containers.

For reference, the deployment scenario is depicted in the diagram below:



The phase I of implementation involved integrating Sun's IDM with OpenSSO. The following was the objective:

[\*] Configure OpenSSO Enterprise to protect Identity Manager, and to allow single sign-on login to the Identity Manager user and administrative interface.
[\*] Configure Identity Manager to provision users and roles to OpenSSO Enterprise.

To achieve the above,there is a neat documentation available here.

Once I got the above integration of IDM and OpenSSO functional in our set up, users could be provisioned from Sun Identity Manager to the 'idm' realm in OpenSSO (which finally gets stored in the DSEE 6.x configured as the User repository for OpenSSO).

The actual reason for adding an entry on my blogs around this set up is to express my excitement on discovering the ease of integrating GlassFish WebSpace Server with OpenSSO. I'd reiterate those steps performed to make the GlassFish Web Space Server (installed in one zone of Solaris 10 OS) contact OpenSSO (installed in another zone) for authentication. I presume, this exercise can be performed in a matter of few minutes. So set your stop watch and get going:

Acquire Glassfish v3 prelude. Then click here and download OpenSSO. For instructions on installation, read my friend David's blog. You would remember him to be the author of free training on OpenSSO. Create a realm, if needed (say 'idm').



Download Glassfish WebSpace Server 10.. To install WebSpace Server, you would also need Ant 1.7 or higher from here. Now follow the steps (the following example uses WebSpace Server bundled with Glassfish):

[1] Unzip Ant and GlassFish WebSpace Server.
[2] Set ANT_HOME variable to point to the directory location of new version of ANT.
[3] Goto webspace_dir/glassfishv2 directory and run the following command:
ant -f setup.xml
[4] Once the above step is completed, goto webspace_dir/glassfishv2/bin directory and start domain:
./asadmin start-domain
[5] Upon successful completion of above step, open a browser and access the following URL:
http://webspaceserver_host:8080

If any of the above steps seems ambiguous, please read the installation instructions here.

Once the GlassFish WebSpace Server page is up on the browser, login using the credentials of Administrator (admin@example.com/admin), click on the Control Panel -> Settings -> Authentication -> OpenSSO. Following page is what you would see on your browser.



On the page as displayed above, following is the information filled in to make the WebSpace Server contact the 'idm' realm in OpenSSO for authentication of users. Not only that, on successful authentication with OpenSSO, WebSpace Server populates the user information from OpenSSO in its database (HSQL by default)!

Login URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso/UI/Login?realm=idm&goto=http://webs.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/c/portal/login

Logout URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso/UI/Logout?realm=idm&goto=http://webs.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/web/guest/home

Service URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso

Glassfish WebSpace Server installation,configuration and integration with OpenSSO is such a pleasant experience that I invite you to try it and experience it for yourself.

Saturday Jan 31, 2009

Four More Folks in the IDM 345 Club

Today I concluded a small batch on IDM 345 here in Bangalore. Published below is the batch photograph:



To know more details on Sun Java System Identity Manager, click here. In case, if you are looking for details on Identity Manager Certification, this is the place to go.

Friday Jan 09, 2009

First Batch in CY '09

I'm glad to have kicked off this New Year with one of my favourite training programs:



I'm flying back to Bangalore from Mumbai tonight for a weekend session on Solaris

Sunday Dec 07, 2008

Sun IDM Training No. ... Don't Know!

It has been frequent, it has been popular and it has been well received as one of the best offerings from SLS - the course on Sun Java System Identity Manager. Ask me for a count and I'd disappoint you because I've lost track of it, for IDM 345 happened aplenty in this part of the world. All the same, let me put up the batch photograph of last weeks IDM class in here:



Through a teach back session, in a matter of an hour, I got to hear from them, all that they learned in five days time. Their performance was captured and that's what you see below:


I'm certain, some day or the other, there'll be a part 2 for this story.

Saturday Sep 06, 2008

The New IDM Batch



It's only today that I completed my third batch this quarter on IDM 345 training.

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

IDM 345 - The Noida Batch

Though I wrote about my entry to Noida in my earlier post, I haven't yet talked about my exit. Reached Bangalore at late night on the day forward to the India Independence Day. Things went well. With only a half an hour lunch break on all days, with absolutely no tea breaks in between and with only five members from an organization sitting through the training (see them in the snap below), it was quite obvious that the sessions would end quite smoothly, well in time. Thus on the day of Raksha bandhan, the day next to the India Independence Day, we closed our discussion on IDM well before 3:00 in the evening. Now, that doesn't happen often for an IDM 345 course.



Monday Aug 11, 2008

After Chennai, it's IDM in Noida this week

Having a back to back sesssion on Sun's Provisioning Tool isn't a new affair. If it was Chennai that hosted an IDM training last week, it's in Noida - the other end of India - that the same training is happening this week. In a few minutes time I would start my new batch on IDM 345 training. Before I get introduced to the folks sitting through the training this week, let me complete an all familiar task of introducing my previous training batch to you all:



Have a great week ahead, all of you.

Friday Jun 27, 2008

FY '08 Last Batch

In a couple of days time, we are entering a new Fiscal Year, which only means that the training that got over this evening was my last one in FY '08. I'm glad that things went well, and more so because of the fact that the final training this FY happened to one of the best offered from Sun and one of my favourites. I'm heading home tonight for a couple of days, before which I would want to complete the job of posting the snap of my IDM 4485 batch - the last one, this FY.



To all my kind readers, wish you all a restful weekend.

Sunday Jun 22, 2008

It's Raining IDM 4485

As I write this note, I can hear the rain drops falling on the roof next door. It just finished raining in this part of the world where I live. It is also raining IDM 4485. Last week one batch concluded and another one starts tomorrow. Here is the photograph of the batch concluded last week:



Ask 'em, it isn't easy to survive IDM 4485 training. Deployment experience is a must.

Monday Jun 09, 2008

Sun Java System Identity Manager 8.0 Released

The much talked about version of the Sun's Provisioning tool is released. To download Sun Java System Identity Manager 8.0, click here. Should you feel interested in accessing a complete set of documentation on IDM 8.0, you may want to visit this web location. Enjoy the new IDM experience.

Sunday Jun 01, 2008

IDM 345 is Not JAT

Exactly two days back, yet another IDM 345 training concluded here in Bangalore. Below this note, you would see my training participants. After sweating it out for five days, just about everyone in the group expressed to me that what they went through in five days were some real intriguing sessions on Sun Java System Identity Manager, quite unlike many other training programs that they previously attended. Of course, that's largely attributed to the very nature of this course, containing some exhaustive lab materials, requiring every attendee to focus hard for five continuous days, which may turn out to be taxing . Afterall, it's the first of two parts of a popular bootcamp program that existed on Sun's provisioning tool two years back or so. Know that the sequel to this course "Sun Java System Identity Manager: Deployment Fundamentals II" coded IDM 4485 is even tougher. For all the prospective IDM 345 candidates, please note that IDM 345 or its 'brother' IDM 4485 is not Just Another Training, but a marathon that's real energy sapping. But hey, it's worth it!



Sunday May 11, 2008

Back to IDM Lessons

After two weeks of back to back training on Solaris Cluster, I'm starting a training on Identity Manager tomorrow at our office here in Bangalore. But before that, as always, let me put up the batch photograph of my ES 345 class in here:



Good week ahead to all of you.

Sunday Feb 03, 2008

Hyderabad Trainings

In a few minutes, the clock would strike 12, marking a new day. It's Monday again and it's all set for me to take the platform for another training here at Hyderabad. The venue remains unchanged. Some participants from the last week's training would turn up for this as well. The training is on Sun's provisioning tool.

But before all that, check out the batch photograph of AM 3480 class concluded on 01/Feb/2008, here at Hyderabad.



Thanks folks for the lunch on the final day; more so for choosing Sun. Wish you all good luck!

Sunday Jan 13, 2008

IDM 4484 Last Batch?

Let me post the first entry for CY'08 sharing a news about the release of an exciting Sun course: IDM 4485 (Sun Java System Identity Manager: Deployment Fundamentals II) replaces Identity Manager Advanced Deployment Course, coded IDM 4484. The websites are not updated yet with the information about this course, but know that this course is ready to be delivered. E-mail Sun Learning Services for more details.

The key highlights of IDM 4485 includes:

\*It is a five day course unlike its predecessor (IDM 4484)
\*Based on Identity Manager 7.1
\*Labs use the up-to-date version of the MySQL and Tomcat as a base
\*ActiveSync labs reworked to use Identity Attributes (Metaview)
\*New lab that demonstrates ActiveSync using the process mode
\*Self-Service labs updated to utilize End User Authorization
\*Lots of refinements and additional explanations

The bullet points above are taken out, undistorted, from a slide that David Goldsmith and David Awad prepared during a call with the World Wide IDM Instructors. The above information is of course useful only if you have had a chance to go through the IDM 4484 contents.

While the information about IDM 4485 gets to the Sun Education websites, let me mention here the pre-requisite for attending this course:


To succeed fully in this course, students should have successfully completed IDM-345 Sun Java(TM) System Identity Manager: Deployment Fundamentals. In addition, a minimum of six weeks of Identity Manager deployment experience is highly recommended.

I felt the need to emphasize here the pre-requisite of IDM 4485 and more importantly mark it in a colour bearing the longest wavelength so that its importance sink in to the prospective IDM 4485 customers. I don't know about other parts of the globe, but in India there is a tendency among the customers to bypass the fundamental training on Identity Manager (IDM 345) and jump straight into a tough course, putting all the participants in a very difficult situation. I have told this before, I am telling this again and I shall continue to utter this, for I consider it my duty to do so. We certainly don't intend to question the capacity of those who choose to take up IDM 4485 directly, but would want everyone attending IDM 4485 go back from the Sun Classrooms with an unwavering confidence to work on this product. Very clearly, that can only happen if they meet the pre-requisite for attending this course.

Release of IDM 4485 leads me to believe that the training that I took up last week for a huge batch in Chennai was perhaps the last ILT on IDM 4484. Have a look at the batch photograph below:



I am not in a good state of health. Looks like an irritating throat infection is going to stay with me for a few more days. Hoping for a faster recovery.

Have a good week ahead .

Sunday Aug 26, 2007

My New IDM Friends

I am convinced on the exciting prospects of Sun Softwares, especially the ones that falls in the Identity Management stack. So it is no surprise to me that I am spending most of my time in the Sun Learning Services Classrooms going through the training on the Identity Management components.

A couple of weeks back I could seize the opportunity to meet up with the Senior Product Manager of Access and Federation Manager and got to know from him the immense progress that the Engineering team is making in improving upon the features of the products. Frankly, it is a nice time to be a part of these positive developments in the software portfolio of Sun.

Last week I met up with some nice folks from various organizations, who had come down to Bangalore from different locations to learn IDM 345. Most of them have positive feedback about this course and some of them are in fact looking forward to take up the advanced training on IDM viz IDM 4484. As of this writing, the course IDM 4484 is based on 5.5 version of Sun Java System Identity Manager. I am told that the IDM 4484 course based on the 7.0 version of Identity Manager is in the pipeline and is likely to be released soon.

I am traveling to Mumbai this evening to start a training on Access Manager tomorrow. So let me get out from here and start preparing for my journey, but before that meet my new "IDM friends"



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