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New Identity Manager drivers for Mainframe, Midrange, and Linux/Unix

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Posted: 17 Mar 2005
 

Novell recently released new Identity Manager drivers for Mainframe (RACF, ACF/2, TopSecret), Midrange (OS/400), and Linux/Unix. These drivers provide functionality previously available in Novell Account Management. Novell also recently announced the discontinuation of Novell Account Management. The functionality provided by NAM has been incorporated into the Nsure Identity Manager product.

Summary

RACF Driver (Mainframe)

Although RACF and eDirectory store and process information in very different ways, this driver ensures that vital user and group information stays synchronized across your entire enterprise. The data flow between RACF and eDirectory is bi-directional and fully customizable; you select whether the flow originates with eDirectory, RACF, both, or neither. This enables you to specify an authoritative source of user information based on your unique business methods and needs.

This driver consists of two components:

  • The RACF Event Subsystem
  • The driver shim

These two driver components work together to bridge your disparate information systems and keep the data in both systems up-to-date. The RACF Event Subsystem creates an interface between the driver shim and RACF while the driver shim transfers information from eDirectory to the RACF Event Subsystem. The driver shim can be installed either on an MVS server that is running the RACF Event Subsystem or on an eDirectory server, depending on your deployment strategy. The RACF Event Subsystem must be installed on each system that shares the RACF database.

For more details, see: http://www.novell.com/products/nsureidentitymanager/drivers/racf/overview.html

ACF2 Driver (Mainframe)

The Identity Manager driver for ACF2 is architected and otherwise known as a "fan-out" driver. The fan-out driver enables you to synchronize information from Identity Manager to many different connected systems using a single driver. The fan-out driver offers delegated logic and control to your system administrators. You can process any Identity Manager data-change event with a script on the platform. Authentication redirection provides login support for a universal password, accessing a central repository for login and password rules. Full bi-directional password synchronization is also supported.

The fan-out driver gives the logic control of what happens on the MVS ACF2 system to the MVS System Programmer. This is done by providing fully functioning REXX scripts that are executed on the MVS z/OS system based on eDirectory events; any attribute in eDirectory can be presented to the scripts for use in updating ACF2 or used by logic in the scripts. In fact, any TSO command can be issued from within the scripts. There is also a script writers' guide to help easily modify the existing scripts.

For more details, see: http://www.novell.com/products/nsureidentitymanager/drivers/acf2/overview.html

TopSecret Driver (Mainframe)

The fan-out driver gives the logic control of what happens on the MVS Top Secret system to the MVS System Programmer. This is done by providing fully functioning REXX scripts that are executed on the MVS z/OS system based on eDirectory events; any attribute in eDirectory can be presented to the scripts for use in updating Top Secret or used by logic in the scripts. In fact, any TSO command can be issued from within the scripts. There is also a script writers' guide to help easily modify the existing scripts.

For more details, see: http://www.novell.com/products/nsureidentitymanager/drivers/topsecret/overview.html

OS/400 Driver (Midrange)

The fan-out driver is the natural upgrade path from Novell Account Management. The same extensible scripts are supported to manage users and groups on target platforms, and the same Authentication Services API is supported. In future releases, the fan-out driver will provide tighter integration with Identity Manager, while continuing to provide the flexibility to manage all aspects of the user experience using extensible scripts.

For more details, see: http://www.novell.com/products/nsureidentitymanager/drivers/os400/overview.html

Linux/UNIX

Nsure Identity Manager Driver for Linux and UNIX supports the NIS and NIS+ databases as well as the /etc/passwd and /etc/group files?all methods of managing UNIX users. This driver also runs on the following platforms:

  • Solaris Sparc 2.7 or 2.8
  • Red Hat Linux 7.0, 7.1 or 7.2
  • IBM AIX 4.3, 5.1

The bi-directional driver greatly simplifies the process of adding new users to your network. It provides support for generating default user and group IDs ? as well as home directories ? when a new user or group is created in eDirectory and synchronized to the NIS databases. And with some customization, the driver can also generate default passwords for new users. When combined, all of these features allow new users to log in without any intervention from the NIS database administrator.

For more details, see: http://www.novell.com/products/nsureidentitymanager/drivers/linuxunix/overview.html


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