OpenSSO community manager and Sun principal engineer Pat Patterson has just announced the third OpenSSO Community Day. It'll be held on Sunday, May 31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, between 1:00-7:00 p.m. in an unconference format. Attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest in single sign-on, authentication, LDAP, and other Web security-...
on Apr 12, 2009
You can integrate GlassFish Web Space Server, Sun's portal platform, with OpenSSO, a Sun-sponsored open-source project that delivers security for Web applications, single sign-on (SSO), federation, and identity services. In a recent blog, Sun's Rajesh R. tells you how to do that efficiently, complete with an illustration of the deployment and the steps for the related downloads, installations,...
on Apr 5, 2009
Sun has a practical approach for identity management, as described in a recent white paper (in PDF) on sun.com, Keeping It Simple: A Pragmatic Approach to Identity Management. The paper first defines the importance of identity in Web applications and summarizes the subsequent chapters. Four chapters then follow, which focus on
The requirements for an effective identity infrastructure
on Apr 3, 2009
See a short video, called CodeSwarm, of the history of code commits for the OpenDS project, courtesy of community manager and architect Ludo Poitou. What an impressive picture!
In a blink, Sun-sponsored free and open-source OpenDS, which delivers a next-generation directory service that complies with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Directory Service Markup Language (DSML)...
on Mar 28, 2009
The first OpenSSO Community Day was held in New York City on Tuesday, March 17. A resounding success from all counts!
Take a look at the related material:
Presentation slides, including the project's roadmap and other interesting topics
Attendee list and comments (many kudos!)
OpenSSO community manager Pat Patterson's posting, which contains a reminder for the attendees to complete the Meetup...
on Mar 20, 2009
See a recent posting by OpenSSO engineer Giuseppe Gennaro on the .NET Fedlet, which enables federation among .NET applications through Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0. The posting refers to a prototype created by Sun identity architect Rajeev Angal and contains steps for trying things out.
Also see Sun senior product line manager Daniel Raskin's posting on this subject: "The Fedlet...
on Mar 19, 2009
Early in March, Sun released Sun Identity Manager 8.1 for download. A prominent new capability is an open-source framework and toolkit for creating Identity Connectors along with eight connector bundles.For details, see the following:
Sun Identity Manager site
Sun Identity Manager 8.1 documentation
Identity Connectors blog
Sun Identity Manager was recently awarded a five-star overall rating...
on Mar 17, 2009
Formerly Vaau's RBACx, Sun Role Manager recently shipped its 4.1 release. This version contains numerous enhancements in UI, administration, search, integration with Sun Identity Manager, and other areas.
For more details on Sun Role Manager, see
Features and benefits
Documentation: user's guide, administration guide, release notes
on Mar 9, 2009
See a posting on The Aquarium by Sun principal engineer Pat Patterson on a new schedule of OpenSSO. An illustration spells out the upcoming releases all the way through March 2010 along with the capabilities planned, including federation with Google Apps, one-time passwords, entitlements, and many others. Fabulous!
To obtain support for your deployment, purchase a license for Sun OpenSSO...
on Mar 6, 2009
Sun senior product line manager Daniel Raskin and director of engineering Jamie Nelson, both on access and federation management, recently held a Webinar on the 12-month roadmap of Sun OpenSSO Enterprise, the commercial release of OpenSSO. In a posting, Daniel points to the presentation, which, including the Q&As at the end, runs for approximately an hour.Sounds long, but it's well worth...
on Feb 23, 2009
The first OpenSSO Community Day in New York City, scheduled for March 17, is becoming booked up. The second such event will be held in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, May 5, again in an unconference format. The free session, including lunch, is open to the entire OpenSSO community.Note that attendees of the OpenSSO Community Day in Munich are entitled to a 20 percent discount at the European...
on Feb 17, 2009
Following Part 1 of the recent virtual-federation series on Sun Developer Network, Part 2 describes the process of enabling the VF capability in OpenSSO. Afterwards, federation of your applications becomes a reality: secure, loosely coupled, and centralized.
The process does involve a multitude of steps. However, they are all intuitive and the OpenSSO GUI is easy to follow. The screen shots...
on Feb 16, 2009
Sun is offering a free, monthly Webinar on identity management. The first session,
on Feb 13, 2009
Sun senior product line manager Daniel Raskin has produced a video that spotlights a wonderful OpenSSO capability that's in the works. For additional security, OpenSSO can generate and transmit a one-time password to a user's mobile device for accessing a Web application.In the video, Daniel demonstrates the process:
The administrator creates a user account in OpenSSO and adds the user's...
on Feb 11, 2009
Ludo Poitou, OpenDS community lead and a Sun directory architect, has posted numerous tips for OpenDS, Sun's open-source, LDAP directory-server project. Here are three of his recent postings:
Preferences for OpenDS Tools
Troubleshooting the OpenDS Database
Troubleshooting Indexes and Search Performances
All helpful, the postings link to illuminating references. Ludo, located in Grenoble,...
on Feb 3, 2009
Organized by Sun identity architect Pat Patterson, OpenSSO Community Day will take place in New York City on Tuesday, March 17, starting at 9:00 a.m. It's an unconference setting and attendance is free.
Do join the event if you're interested in OpenSSO, the Sun-sponsored open-source project that offers numerous capabilities for securing Web applications. Pat Patterson, who's also community...
on Jan 29, 2009
Late last week, Sun Developer Network published Enabling Virtual Federation With OpenSSO, Part 1: Introduction, the first segment of a two-part series on identity-federating applications. Mike Hortobagyi, the technical coauthor, shines a light on the challenges in question and the benefits of the virtual-federation capability in OpenSSO, along with an example. He also describes Secure...
on Jan 19, 2009
Hot off the press on Sun Developer Network is Gary Williams's article, Perspectives on Quality Assurance for OpenDS, an eye-opening commentary on how quality is achieved in OpenDS, Sun's open-source project for developing a next-generation directory service. The details focus on the opportunities, challenges, roles, guidelines, tools, and so forth.
The article reminded me of a Winslow Homer...
on Jan 9, 2009
A recent Sun IDM Buzz TV video, hosted by senior product line manager Daniel Raskin, shines a light on the advantages of open-sourcing identity management software at Sun. They include transparency, ready and complete access by the community, alleviation of a lengthy sales process, and frequent participation at open forums by the worldwide community. Enterprises that adopt OpenSSO and OpenDS,...
on Dec 23, 2008
For protected Java EE applications, you'd normally want to make certain resources, such as the welcome page, accessible without user authentication. Accomplishing that with OpenSSO Policy Agents involves only a simple procedure.
Part 2 of a recent series on Sun Developer Network guides you through the steps. The article also contains an overview of the three types of single sign-on (SSO): same...
on Dec 17, 2008