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Active Roles 7.2 - Administration Guide

Introduction About Active Roles Getting Started Rule-based Administrative Views Role-based Administration
Access Templates as administrative roles Access Template management tasks Examples of use Deployment considerations Windows claims-based Access Rules
Rule-based AutoProvisioning and Deprovisioning
About Policy Objects Policy Object management tasks Policy configuration tasks
Property Generation and Validation User Logon Name Generation Group Membership AutoProvisioning E-mail Alias Generation Exchange Mailbox AutoProvisioning Home Folder AutoProvisioning Script Execution User Account Deprovisioning Group Membership Removal Exchange Mailbox Deprovisioning Home Folder Deprovisioning User Account Relocation User Account Permanent Deletion Group Object Deprovisioning Group Object Relocation Group Object Permanent Deletion Notification Distribution Report Distribution
Deployment considerations Checking for policy compliance Deprovisioning users or groups Restoring deprovisioned users or groups Container Deletion Prevention policy Picture management rules Policy extensions
Understanding workflow Workflow activities overview Configuring a workflow
Creating a workflow definition Configuring workflow start conditions Configuring workflow parameters Adding activities to a workflow Configuring an Approval activity Configuring a Notification activity Configuring a Script activity Configuring an If-Else activity Configuring a Stop/Break activity Configuring an Add Report Section activity Configuring a Search activity Configuring CRUD activities Configuring a Save Object Properties activity Configuring a Modify Requested Changes activity Enabling or disabling an activity Enabling or disabling a workflow Using the initialization script
Example: Approval workflow E-mail based approval Automation workflow Activity extensions
Temporal Group Memberships Group Family Dynamic Groups Active Roles Reporting Management History
Understanding Management History Management History configuration Viewing change history
Workflow activity report sections Policy report items Active Roles internal policy report items
Examining user activity
Entitlement Profile Recycle Bin AD LDS Data Management Managing Configuration of Active Roles
Connecting to the Administration Service Adding and removing managed domains Using unmanaged domains Evaluating product usage Configuring replication Using AlwaysOn Availability Groups Using database mirroring Creating and using virtual attributes Examining client sessions Monitoring performance Customizing the console Using Configuration Center Changing the Active Roles Admin account Enabling or disabling diagnostic logs Active Roles Log Viewer
Using regular expressions Administrative Template Communication ports

Action: Reject

If the approver applies the Reject action to the task, Active Roles cancels the operation:

Figure 89: Reject action

Multiple approvers

An approval rule may be configured so that a single task is assigned to multiple approvers. For example, a group can be designated as an approver, which causes the task to be assigned to every member of the group. If this is the case, the first of the approvers to apply the Approve or Reject action to the task, completes the task.

If the task receives the Approve action, Active Roles allows the operation to be performed. If the Reject action is applied to the task, Active Roles cancels the operation:

Figure 90: Multiple approvers

Multiple tasks

The number of approval tasks generated by a single workflow instance depends on how many approval rules are included in the workflow (one task per each rule). Therefore, if a workflows has multiple approval rules, multiple tasks will be created and assigned to the respective approvers.

Within a single workflow, approval rules are applied in a sequential manner. This means that a subsequent rule is applied only after the requested operation has passes the previous rule.

If each of the tasks receives the Approve action, Active Roles allows the operation to be performed:

Figure 91: Multiple tasks

If at least one of the tasks receives the Reject action, Active Roles cancels the operation:

Figure 92: Cancellation of task

Creating and configuring an approval workflow

Workflows > Example: Approval workflow > Creating and configuring an approval workflow

To implement an approval scenario where certain operations require approval in Active Roles, you create a workflow definition, configure the workflow start conditions, and add and configure approval activities (approval rules) as appropriate. All these tasks are performed using the Workflow Designer - a graphical tool included in the Active Roles console.

When configuring workflow start conditions, you specify:

  • A type of operation, such as Create, Rename, Modify or Delete; the workflow starts only if an operation of that type is requested.
  • A type of object, such as User, Group or Computer; the workflow starts only if the operation requests changes to an object of that type.
  • For the Modify operation type, a list of object properties; the workflow starts only if the operation requests changes to any of those properties of an object.
  • The identity of an operation requestor (initiator), such as a user, group or service; the workflow starts only if the operation is requested on behalf of that identity.
  • A container, such as an Organizational Unit or Managed Unit; the workflow starts only if the operation requests changes to, or creation of, an object in that container.
  • Optionally, a filter that defines any additional conditions on entities involved in an operation; the workflow starts only if the operation satisfies those conditions. If no filter is set, then no additional conditions are in effect.

Any operation that meets all the start conditions specified on a workflow causes the workflow to start.

When configuring an approval rule within a workflow, you specify:

  • A list of approvers, such as users or groups; this setting identifies the persons who are authorized to allow or deny operations that start the workflow.
  • Notification settings, such as workflow events to notify of, notification recipients, delivery options, and notification message template.
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