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Identity Manager 8.1 - Administration Guide for Connecting to LDAP

Managing LDAP Environments Setting up LDAP Directory Synchronization Basic Configuration Data LDAP Domains LDAP User accounts LDAP Groups LDAP Container Structures LDAP computers Reports about LDAP Objects Appendix: Configuration parameters for managing a LDAP environment Appendix: Default Project Template for LDAP

Managing LDAP Environments

The One Identity Manager allows administration of objects, such as employees, groups, and organizational units that are managed in an LDAP directory. The LDAP relation within the One Identity Manager should be seen as a suggestion, and seldom corresponds to the property relation in a custom LDAP directory. Whether or how the available properties will be used depends on the respective LDAP schema which is in use and must be custom configured.

The default One Identity Manager installation is concerned with employee administration and their user accounts, user groups, and LDAP directory organizational units. The One Identity Manager data model is designed to manage administration of LDAP directory computers and servers.

The One Identity Manager supplies templates for synchronizing with several server systems. However, the synchronization connection has to be custom configured in any case.

Company employees are provided with the necessary user accounts in the One Identity Manager. Different mechanisms can be used to link employees to their user accounts. These user accounts can also be managed separately from employees and therefore administrative user accounts can be set up. In order to provide the required permissions, LDAP groups are managed in One Identity Manager. In One Identity Manager you can also manage organizational units in a hierarchical structure. Organizational units (branches or departments) are used to logically organize the objects in an LDAP directory such as user accounts and groups and thus make administration easier.

Architecture overview

The following servers in One Identity Managerplay a role in managing an LDAP environment:

  • LDAP server

    LDAP server for keeping the LDAP directory. This server is a selected live server with a good network connection to the synchronization server. The synchronization server connects to this server in order to access the LDAP objects.

  • Synchronization server

    The synchronization server for synchronizing the One Identity Manager database with the LDAP system. The One Identity Manager Service is installed on this server with the LDAP connector. The synchronization server connects to the LDAP server.

The LDAP connector is used for synchronization and provisioning LDAP. The LDAP connector communicates directly with an LDAP server.

Figure 1: Architecture for synchronization

One Identity Manager users for managing an LDAP environment

The following users are used for setting up and managing an LDAP environment.

Table 1: User
User Task
Target system administrators

Target system administrators must be assigned to the Target systems | Administrators application role.

Users with this application role:

  • Administrate application roles for individual target systems types.

  • Specify the target system manager.

  • Set up other application roles for target system managers if required.

  • Specify which application roles are conflicting for target system managers

  • Authorize other employee to be target system administrators.

  • Do not assume any administrative tasks within the target system.

Target system managers

Target system managers must be assigned to Target systems | LDAP or a sub-application role.

Users with this application role:

  • Assume administrative tasks for the target system.

  • Create, change or delete target system objects, like user accounts or groups.

  • Edit password policies for the target system.

  • Prepare groups for adding to the IT Shop.

  • Can create employees with an identity that differs from the Primary identity.

  • Configure synchronization in the Synchronization Editor and defines the mapping for comparing target systems and One Identity Manager.

  • Edit the synchronization's target system types and outstanding objects.

  • Authorize other employees within their area of responsibility as target system managers and create child application roles if required.

One Identity Manager administrators
  • Create customized permissions groups for application roles for role-based login to administration tools in Designer as required.

  • Create system users and permissions groups for non-role-based login to administration tools in Designer as required.

  • Enable or disable additional configuration parameters in Designer as required.

  • Create custom processes in Designer as required.

  • Create and configures schedules as required.

  • Create and configure password policies as required.

Administrators for the IT Shop

Administrators must be assigned to the Request & Fulfillment | IT Shop | Administrators application role.

Users with this application role:

  • Assign groups to IT Shop structures.
Administrators for organizations

Administrators must be assigned to the application role Identity Management | Organizations | Administrators.

Users with this application role:

  • Assign groups to departments, cost centers and locations.
Business roles administrators

Administrators must be assigned to the application role Identity Management | Business roles | Administrators.

Users with this application role:

  • Assign groups to business roles.

Setting up LDAP Directory Synchronization

One Identity Manager supports synchronization of LDAP version 3 confirm directory servers. The LDAP connector requires the directory server to be RFC conform. Specifically, to conform to the standards RFC 4514 (String Representation of Distinguished Names) and RFC 4512 (Directory Information Models).

NOTE: Other schema and provisioning process adjustments can be made depending on the schema.

To load LDAP objects into the One Identity Manager database for the first time

  1. Prepare a user account with sufficient permissions for synchronization.
  2. The One Identity Manager parts for managing LDAP systems are available if "TargetSystem\LDAP" is set.

    • Check whether the configuration parameter is set in the Designer. Otherwise, set the configuration parameter and compile the database.

    • Other configuration parameters are installed when the module is installed. Check the configuration parameters and modify them as necessary to suit your requirements.
  3. Install and configure a synchronization server and declare the server as Job server in One Identity Manager.
  4. Create a synchronization project with the Synchronization Editor.
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