Sunday Jun 12, 2011

May Engagements

This isn't exactly the way I want to be publishing my blogs, like a monthly newsletter briefing on my engagements in a month. For now though, I request my suffering readers to live by it, but I promise to be more regular than this on my blogging activities. Starting from the more recent assignment to the oldest one, please find a photo essay one below the other:


Access Manager Training at Bangalore.


Oracle Directory Server EE Training at Greater Noida.


SAM QFS Training at Hyderabad.


Finally, let me leave you with some photographs from the JavaOne conference held at Hyderabad in May this year.





Monday Aug 02, 2010

OpenSSO Deployment Essentials Session at Hyderabad

I've spoken here how engaging is to go through this program on OpenSSO. It was no different when I met up with the folks in the snap below at Hyderabad.



As usual, I didn't spare them from having to go through a teach back session on the concluding day of the program. They all did a great job in presenting the Access Management concepts in under two hours time.



Wednesday Dec 16, 2009

OpenSSO Express 9 and OpenDS 2.2

Sun launched OpenSSO Express 9 and OpenDS 2.2. Read the press release here.

Saturday Sep 12, 2009

OpenSSO Enterprise 8 Deployment Training at Bangalore

A couple of days forward to the announcement about the availability of OpenSSO Express 8, I met up with the folks in the photograph below at our Learning Center in Bangalore for a five day session on OpenSSO deployment. Thanks to David Goldsmith for developing a near perfect OpenSSO Deployment Labs, employing the powerful features of Solaris 10 OS like Solaris Containers and ZFS, giving the audience of this program an experience close to a real time OpenSSO deployment.



Since the course used a number of software components like Glassfish, WebServer, 'OpenDS', Directory Server EE and of course OpenSSO, I requested all participants to help me do a quick review of the entire course on the last day by doing a teach back. Thanks to each of them for doing a good job reviewing the topics well, helping each other gain considerably good clarity on the overall contents of the course.



For me, the bygone week was nothing less than immensely satisfying.

Sunday Sep 06, 2009

OpenSSO Express 8

OpenSSO Express 8, an interim release of Sun OpenSSO Enterprise is now available for download. Check out Sidharth's blog to have a quick look at the new and exciting features in OpenSSO Express 8 (Yippee, support for MySQL as User Data Store). Should you wish to have a detailed study on the OpenSSO Express 8, click here.

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.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Released

Read more about the OpenSSO product here. To download the product click here.

Sunday Sep 28, 2008

Access Manager Training @ Hyderabad

With only another couple of days more in FY09Q1, it's safe to assume that I would have on my record an Access Manager session as the last one this quarter. It happened at Hyderabad and the folks who came in for it are in the picture below.



I would hope that very soon all of 'em would subscribe for the free OpenSSO training available at OpenSSO website, which no doubt would compliment the ILT on AM 3480 course they attended, especially to gain insights on topics like Session Failover and protecting J2EE Applications(Module 3 and Module 5 respectively in OpenSSO Training).

Before I take leave, let me also publish below their teach back sessions. I must say, they did a fantastic job in reviewing the whole course all over again on the final day.



Wishing you all a grand week ahead

Monday Aug 18, 2008

OpenSSO Training for Free

The most attractive price tag that I've ever come across is free\*. Generally, the asterisk sticking around the news about the free releases would often have some or the other strings attached to it. Some time back Sun announced the release of OpenSSO Express, which is made available to the public, again for free. For those who managed to get to the OpenSSO site and download the product would already be aware of the fact that, there wasn't any 'conditions apply' tag attached to the free availability of OpenSSO from Sun. That means absolute zero entry barrier for those interested. I have heard complaints from many, that though Sun gives away products for free, we charge heavy for its training! Not sure if that's true, but if there is anyone out there who believes it so, it's time to think otherwise.

My good friend David has managed to prepare a courseware and a VM Lab files to run through some complex deployment scenarios of OpenSSO. And what more, all of this you can download and learn for free. For that, visit the OpenSSO website and click on the 'Training' link. Please note that this current beta training is offered on the unsupported pre-release product (OpenSSO build 4.5). For more details with snapshots on the process, check out David's blog. And yeah, do find some time to thank him for this work. Happy learning!

Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

Sun Announces OpenSSO Express Support


Click on the image here and you would be taken to a page full of information on world's largest open source, identity management project. A derivative of this project is Sun Java System Access Manager,a core identity infrastructure product offered by Sun Microsystems.

Today marks a significant day for the OpenSSO community as Sun announces comprehensive, enterprise-class support and indemnification for OpenSSO. More details about the same here.

If you are one of those folks, who keep track of the press coverages (just like me), you may want to read the press release of the announcement here.
So what are you waiting for, click on the button here, download OpenSSO, share it, get started and then learn more about it from the OpenSSO Resource Center.

If you are looking for a store full of OpenSSO goodies, this is the place to go.

Oh yeah, before I forget: we do have a Sun Learning Services course on Sun Access Manager, course coded AM 3480, details of which are published here. Enjoy this 'seamless access.'
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