Understanding Policies for Identity Manager 3.5.1

Novell® Identity Manager 3.5.1 is a data sharing and synchronization service that enables applications, directories, and databases to share information. It links scattered information and enables you to establish policies that govern automatic updates to designated systems when identity changes occur.

Identity Manager provides the foundation for account provisioning, security, single sign-on, user self-service, authentication, authorization, automated workflows, and Web services. It allows you to integrate, manage, and control your distributed identity information so you can securely deliver the right resources to the right people.

This guide provides detailed explanation of policies and their components.

To see information about administering the policies, see Policies in Designer 2.1 or Policies in iManager for Identity Manager 3.5.1 .


This guide is intended for Identity Manager administrators.


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Additional Documentation

For documentation on using the Identity Manager drivers, see the Identity Manager Driver Documentation Web site.

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For a detailed discussion of the document type definitions (DTD) that Identity Manager uses, see the Identity Manager 3.5.1 DTD Reference .

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