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iManager Training Exercises Part 2

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By Kevin Fenn

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Posted: 3 Jul 2003

Here are some lab exercises Kevin put together for some training here at Novell. It basically walks through several things you can do with iManager 1.5, and although it's not comprehensive, it is useful for giving you a good sense of the capabilities of iManager 1.5. Kevin is a Novell support engineer, and a fine human being.

This is the second of a two-part series.See also:
Exercise 1: Become familiar with common administrative tasks within iManager.

Custom Roles, Tasks, and Property Books

NOTE: The training originally utilized the NetWare 6 demo tree for Digital Airlines. In these exercises, the example Organization is called DigitalAirlines and the password is novell. Simply substitute the name of your own Organization and password, and do all the exercises on your own tree.

Exercise 2:

Create a custom Role, a custom Task and a custom Property Book and assign it to user ediradmin.

Preparation: Create a new user called "ediradmin" in the Novell context. Assign a password of novell.

Part 1: Create a custom Role and assign it to user ediradmin.

  1. Login to iManager as .Admin.DigitalAirlines (password novell) and select the Configure button on the top navigation bar.
  2. Expand "Role Configuration" and select "Create iManager Role".
  3. Enter a role name of "Special Admin" and select the default collection container. Select "Next >>".
  4. You are presented with a list of available tasks to assign this role. Do not select any tasks at this point. Select "Next >>".
  5. Now you specify users to assign to this role. Select user "ediradmin" and a scope of "DigitalAirlines". Select "Add" and "Next >>".
  6. Verify summary and then select "Finish" and then "OK".
  7. Under "Role Configuration" select "Modify iManager Roles" and verify the new role is in the list. There should be no tasks assigned at this time.

Part 2: Create a custom task and assign it to a role.

  1. Login to iManager as .Admin.DigitalAirlines (password novell) and select the Configure button on the top navigation bar.
  2. Expand "Task Configuration" and select "Create iManager Task".
  3. Select the class of "User".
    NOTE: A task can only be configured to manage attributes of a single class.
  4. The available target devices are Browser, Simple, and Pocket. Select "Browser".
  5. The available plug-in types are Task or Property Book. Select "Task" then "Next >>".
  6. A list of attributes related to the object class type that was selected is shown. Select the following attributes: Locked By Intruder, Login Allowed Time Map, Login Disabled, Login Grace Limit, Login Grace Remaining, Login Maximum Simultaneous, and Login Script then select "Next >>".
  7. It is possible to customize the order in which the attributes are displayed when managing this task. Modify if desired then select "Next >>".
  8. Preview the task to see if the attributes are ordered as desired. Select "Next >>".
  9. Now provide a task name of "Login Control".
  10. Select the default collection container.
  11. Select the role "Special Admin" created in Part 1 of this exercise. It is possible to assign this task to other roles if desired. Select "Next >>" and then "OK".
  12. To verify if this is working, logout of iManager and login as user "ediradmin". You should see one role displayed with one task under it. Select the "Login Control" task and then select a user to manage.
  13. EXTRA CREDIT: Create a custom task to modify the "Company Car" attribute you added to the user class in the 1st exercise.

Part 3: Create a custom Property Book.

  1. Login to iManager as .Admin.DigitalAirlines (password novell) and select the Configure button on the top navigation bar.
  2. Expand "Property Book Configuration" and select "Create Property Book".
  3. Enter a name for the Property Book. Use "Super Admin Book".
  4. Now select a Module for this Property Book. This refers to an rbsModule object. An rbsModule is simply a container for Tasks and Property Books. Select the "base" module for this example. It really does not matter which one you select.
  5. Add a description if desired and then select "Next >>".
  6. Now select the object types for this property book to manage. Select the following object classes
    • Group
    • LDAP Group
    • LDAP Server
    • NCP Server
    • User
  7. Next is the list of "Pages" available to be chosen. These pages relate to the ConsoleOne paradigm and the tabs shown when managing an object. Select every available page then "Next >>".
  8. Now select the Roles that this Property Book will be displayed in. Only select the "Special Admin" role created in a previous exercise then "Next >>".
  9. Verify the summary page then select "Finish" and then "OK".
  10. Logout of iManager and login as "ediradmin". Expanding the "Special Admin" role, a second entry of "Super Admin Book" should now be available. Select "Super Admin Book" and then browse for an object to manage. Notice that all Group, LDAP, NCP Server, and User objects are highlighted and are available to be managed using this one Property Book.

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