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Identity Management

Similar to a previous article on how to configure for federated single sign-on (SSO) for Google Apps through OpenSSO, a new paper on SDN describes the procedure for Salesforce CRM. You learn the preliminary steps (downloading of OpenSSO and creation of accounts at OpenSSO and Salesforce), the configurations in OpenSSO and Salesforce, and the testing step. Hats off to Rajeev Angal, an architect...
on Dec 9, 2008
Interested in finding out how to put single sign-on (SSO) into effect in a PHP development environment? As its synopsis points out, the new Sun Developer Network article, Single Sign-On for SugarCRM Through a SAML-Based Integration of OpenSSO and simpleSAMLphp, "shows you how [...]. The process integrates OpenSSO, Sun's open-source Web access management project, with an application in the LAMP [...
on Dec 2, 2008
Protecting applications with mandatory user logins through Policy Agents and OpenSSO, Sun's open-source Web-management project, requires no extra code. Part 1 of a three-part series, newly published on Sun Developer Network, steps you through the configuration process with a sample application. Just a few point-and-clicks and you'll be all set. Update (12/17/08): Part 2 shows you how to secure...
on Nov 26, 2008
A new article on Sun Developer Network, Federated Single Sign-On for Google Apps in OpenSSO, walks you through the process of implementing federation for applications, such as higher popular Google Apps, including Google Mail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar. Only a few configuration steps—with no custom code at all—are involved, thanks to the enhancements in Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8....
on Nov 13, 2008
OpenSSO, Sun's open-source project for Web access management, was kicked off in July 2005. Now, over three years later, OpenSSO-based Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 has been officially released, complete with capabilities for internal and external single sign-on, federation, and secured Web services. It's free for download. In a recent blog, Sun federation architect Pat Patterson points to the...
on Nov 12, 2008
OpenDS, Sun's open-source, LDAP directory-server project and an embedded configuration store in OpenSSO, shipped its 1.0.0 release in July. Installation of OpenDS is a breeze: See Sun product line manager Nick Wooler's posting, which features a video that demonstrates the steps. The process takes less than 3 minutes. As Nick says, user experience matters. Hats off to OpenDS!
on Oct 21, 2008
Indira Thangasamy, senior quality engineering manager for access and federation management at Sun, exudes competence and pride in his work in a recent interview with Sun Developer Network on the QA tools and processes that make OpenSSO a superior product. He says, "A common misconception is that QA work is boring. I completely disagree. It's a rewarding and challenging field that requires...
on Oct 15, 2008
Earlier this week, Sun announced Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0, the commercial release of the OpenSSO Project. Sun identity architect and OpenSSO community manager Pat Patterson has recapped a few reactions from the industry in a blog posting.Very positive overall. Here are a couple of quotes: "Sun OpenSSO Enterprise brings innovations such as Fedlets and multi-protocol support that will simplify...
on Oct 3, 2008
OpenSSO, Sun's open-source project for access management and federation, has been gaining momentum since its inception in 2005 and now boasts a membership of over 700. Sidharth Mishra, Sun's technical product manager for identity management at Sun, recently cowrote with me an article that describes how to configure and deploy OpenSSO on GlassFish. The process calls for a few predeployment and...
on Sep 30, 2008
This week, come join java.sun.com's Ask the Experts session on OpenSSO, Sun's opens-source project for access management, identity federation, and secure Web services. Four technical experts at Sun will stand by to answer your written questions. Just go to the site this week (September 29-October 3), send in your questions, and then watch for the subsequent Q&A postings. This is an excellent...
on Sep 29, 2008
In a recent interview with Sun Developer Network, Sun technical product manager Sidharth Mishra explains the difference between Web services and Web applications and the reasons why traditional security mechanisms, such as SSL and TLS, are not adequate for protecting the data interactions among Web services. He then discusses the standards that OpenSSO supports to ensure message-level security:...
on Sep 15, 2008
Coming up in the Sun Island in Second Life: Daniel Raskin, Sun senior product line manager, and Jamie Nelson, Sun director of engineering for access and federation management, will lead a presentation on OpenSSO and single sign-on, followed by a Q&A. The session, which will focus on access management, federated identity, and secure Web services, will begin at 8:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday,...
on Sep 9, 2008
A new SDN article, Integrating Applications With OpenSSO, starts by describing the architecture of OpenSSO's secure login process, followed by the four ways in which to manage applications' Web access. The four ways are the Policy Agent, a reverse proxy, the client SDK, and identity services. Even though identity services require extra programming, you save cycles since no other components (...
on Aug 27, 2008
In Part 6 of a Sun Developer Network interview series, From the Trenches at Sun Identity, software architect Aravindan Ranganathan first explains why developers have been asking for "APIs for calling into [Sun Java System] Access Manager." That's a key access management and federation product from Sun, available in open source as OpenSSO.In addition, Aravindan elaborates on the capabilities of...
on Aug 19, 2008
Following up on Part 1 of an article series on how to set up OpenDS as a naming service for the OpenSolaris OS, Mazen Arakji, Ludo Poitou, and I just published Part 2 on Sun Development Network. The steps are simple and self-explanatory: Part 2 calls for a few command lines and a couple of procedures that configure clients, after which you're done. In addition, Part 2 clues you in on the steps...
on Aug 7, 2008
Today, Sun releases OpenDS Standard Edition (SE) 1.0, the supported version of an open-source, LDAP directory server. The benefits are many: easy, fast installation; interactive command-line interface; high performance; interoperability. Sun senior product line manager Daniel Raskin adds that OpenDS 1.0.0, the recently released community version, is "an embedded configuration store and user...
on Jul 29, 2008
In a previous posting, I highlighted Sun Access Manager 8, the upcoming merged product of Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federated Manager. The new product will enjoy commercial support and indemnification from Sun. In a recent interview with me, Sun senior product manager Nick Wooler talks about the background, the support model, and the benefits. In particular, note the...
on Jul 24, 2008
OpenDS, an open-source, LDAP directory server that shipped its 1.0.0 release late last week, serves well as a naming service for the OpenSolaris OS. Read Part 1 of a new SDN series for the basic steps: generating and exporting a self-signed certificate, running OpenDS as nonroot, installing OpenDS, defining schemes, and creating and populating the Directory Information Tree. Update on 8/7/08...
on Jul 17, 2008
Trumpets! As highlighted in today's Java Today, OpenDS, an open-source LDAP directory service written in the Java language, has released its version 1.0.0. Among the key capabilities are...
on Jul 11, 2008
A recent Sun Net Talk vodcast by Sun senior product line manager Daniel Raskin addresses the aspects of authentication, authorization, administration, and personalization in access management and federation. The vodcast starts with a description of the problems enterprises face today in resources, federated partnerships, implementation schedules, secure Web services, and scalability. Raskin then...
on Jul 8, 2008