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Micro Focus (formerly NetIQ / Novell) Identity Manager (IDM) - Introduction to Business Logic Drivers

 

Target Audience

 

Those who are familiar with the concepts behind Identity Management, and have used Identity Manager enough to be familiar with IDM Designer, will get the most out of this course. The course focuses on real-world situations using Micro Focus's Identity Manager product. The course will cover managing or building an environment with an Identity Vault, authentication environment (LDAP), various business logic drivers with real-world business scenarios, synchronization of identity data to/from text files for third-party application consumption (those without proper APIs), and also a discussion of how to schedule tasks using the WorkOrder driver.

 

Results

 

By the end of this course participants should be able to feel comfortable with not only the day-to-day basics of Identity Manager, but will understand more about how IDM works, the assumptions made about synchronization, and have examples and skills to start implementing more efficiently. Implementing different types of synchronization drivers, and especially business logic drivers, will be understood to better control and automate their identity environment.

 

About the Course and Product

 

Identity Management is not a topic for the weary, and it is something that IT people deal with every day on some level. Users, groups, passwords, roles, and how they all link together is all a part of Identity Management, and as those topics suggest, accuracy matters. While every product's documentation will help you get the basic setup in place, they seldom will help you understand how to use the various pieces in the best way to avoid common pitfalls. Micro Focus Identity Manager has been regarded as a leader in this space because of its power and flexibility, but with those traits also comes complexity. It has been sold as something that can be implemented without being a programmer through the implementation of policy and rules in a user-friendly UI, and while that is all true there are still nuances, complexitiies, rules, and best practices worth following.

 

The Introduction to Business Logic Drivers training is meant to introduce administrators to more than the basic synchronization drivers. As part of the course, implementation of a simple synchronization driver is completed, since without that comparing and contrasting is more-difficult. After that, the remainder of the time shows how different types of logic should be implemented not in synchronization drivers, but in business logic drivers. The drivers used are all part of the IDM engine, so there is no additional cost to making this change, but thre can be significant savings when it comes to ongoing maintenance of an increasingly-complex environment. For programmers, it may be worthwhile to think of this practice as increasingly modularizing code; no, you do not need to, and it may even take some time upfront, but doing otherwise means your code will be hard to scale to hundreds of thousands of lines, multiple programmers, or increasingly-complex use cases.

 

Included in this course are pre-built packages that handle common scenarios such as how to handle terminated users, how to prevent password expiration through notifications, and how to keep user/group memberships and security attributes synchronized regardless of how users or systems manipulate those objects. Contact us for more details and pricing information to empower your staff with the information they need for IDM.

 

Agenda

 

 

Timing

 

This course is designed to take about four days to complete, possibly with a preparatory day before those four to setup environments and verify basic lab/networking, though the overall estimate will vary based ona attendee experience. Each day is meant to be divided into three sessions, two which are primarily instructional and the third for tutorial and discussion purposes, so the third session could take a little more or less time depending on the exercises and discussion.