7.1 Installation Overview and Prerequisites

This section discusses the concepts involved in installing Access Manger to protect the example Digital Airlines Web site:

After you deploy this example, you should understand the basic features of Access Manager and know how to configure the software to protect your own Web servers and applications. For more information about managing and configuring Access Manager components, see the Novell Access Manager 3.0 SP4 Administration Guide.

7.1.1 Installation Architecture

The diagram below illustrates how the Digital Airlines example is integrated with the Access Manager components. The diagram shows that the Digital Airlines example can be hosted on a separate Web server, including a virtual server.

Figure 7-2 Digital Airlines Architecture

This document explains how to use a browser machine and two other machines for this configuration.

Table 7-1 Novell Access Manager Components


Administration Console

Identity Server

Access Gateway


Application Web Server

LDAP User Store


Machine 1








Machine 2








Machine 3








The simplified configuration described in this document is for a test environment only. It is not a recommended or supported configuration for a production environment. For example, the configuration database installed with the Administration Console should not be used as an LDAP user store in a production environment. This simplified configuration is designed to minimize the number of machines required for a tutorial.

After deploying the Digital Airlines example, you should understand the concepts required to deploy Access Manager in a number of other configurations. In a production environment, you need to install the necessary Access Manager components according to your specific requirements. For more information about other possible installation configurations, see Recommended Installation Scenarios in the Novell Access Manager 3.0 SP4 Installation Guide.

7.1.2 Deployment Overview

Prerequisite Tasks

Before starting with the Digital Airlines example, you must perform the following tasks:

  • Enable pop-ups on a Firefox* browser (2.0 or above) or Internet Explorer browser (6.x or above) for managing and configuring the Access Manager components.

  • Install the Novell Access Manager Administration Console, Identity Server, Access Gateway, and SSL VPN as described in the Novell Access Manager 3.0 SP4 Installation Guide.

  • Configure the NovellĀ® Access Manager Identity Server. For configuration details, see Section 1.3, Creating a Basic Identity Server Configuration.

    IMPORTANT:The Digital Airlines procedures explain how to add a user to the configuration store of the Administration Console. These instructions assume that you have configured the Identity Server to use this configuration store as the LDAP user store. This is not a recommended configuration for a production environment. To enable this configuration for a test environment, specify the IP address of the Administration Console for the address of the server replica.

Do not configure the Access Gateway at this time. A later task explains how to configure the Access Gateway to allow access to the Digital Airlines site on the Web server.

Deployment Tasks

To configure access to the Digital Airlines site, you need to complete the following tasks:

  1. Set up the Apache Web server on your Identity Server, then install the Digital Airline pages.

    For more information, see Section 7.2, Setting Up the Web Server.

  2. Configure the Access Gateway to protect the Web server, but allow public access to the site. See Section 7.3, Configuring Public Access to Digital Airlines.

  3. Configure the Access Gateway to allow access to the protected pages. See Section 7.4, Implementing Access Restrictions.

  4. (Optional) Modify the Digital Airlines GUI, as described in Section 7.5, Modifying the Digital Airlines Example.