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Using eDirectory and DirXML to Enforce a Corporate Naming Policy

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By Karl Bunnell

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Posted: 19 Dec 2001

A quick look at the Novell Corporate Directory uncovers 3 Dave Smiths, 2 Steve Jones', and 4 Chris Williams'. To keep peace, a company's information management system has to be able to identify these individuals as individuals and keep their respective records separate.

Karl Bunnell has written a top-flight AppNotes article that describes how to leverage DirXML with eDirectory to dole out, manage, and enforce usernames that are unique across an organization of any size.

Here's a taste of Karl's article:

DirXML provides a policy engine that allows business rules to be defined and enforced on data as it moves from disparate, external systems to eDirectory, and as it flows from eDirectory to the connected external systems. An HR application typically triggers the first event in the life of an employee record, as this marks the "new hire" status of a new employee. This employee record information is considered "raw," as it has yet to be transformed to meet the demands of the corporate applications that need to consume it.

As the data flows from the HR application to Novell eDirectory by way of DirXML, the publisher create rule can be used to implement a series of data checks and transformations that generate an account name that conforms to the corporate naming policy. Read on to learn how to compose a DirXML create rule that defines and enforces a corporate naming policy.

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