My views on ForgeRock Identity Summit

View of the ocean from Half Moon BayTwo weeks ago, I was in the mist of Half Moon Bay, attending the ForgeRock Identity Summit. This is the 3rd conference in the US and each year, the event becomes bigger, nicer and better. The location itself was amazing, sitting on the edge of the Pacific ocean, rocked (or lulled?) by the sounds of the waves.

ForgeRock User Group AttendeesOn the day before the main conference, we hosted a ForgeRock User Group, very well attended and had the opportunity to exchange with our customers, future customers and users about our product directions, and their experiences deploying the products. I’d like to thank the attendees for the great discussions, the sharing, and the excellent feedbacks that are definitely going to translate into product features and enhancements.

I was planning on writing a summary of the conference, but my coworkers did such a good job at it, that I encourage you to read their recap of Day 1 and recap of Day 2. So I leave you with my usual visual summary of the ForgeRock Identity Summit 2015, and all the photos that I’ve taken during the event.

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OpenDJ Nightly Builds…

For the last few months, there’s been a lot of changes in the OpenDJ project in order to prepare the next major release : OpenDJ 3.0.0. While doing so, we’ve tried to keep options opened and continued to make most of the changes in the trunk/opends part, keeping the possibility to release a 2.8 version. And we’ve made tons of work in branches as well as in trunk/opendj. As part of the move to the trunk, we’ve changed the factory to now build with Maven. Finally, at the end of last week, we’ve made the switch on the nightly builds and are now building what will be OpenDJ 3, from the trunk.

For those who are regularly checking the nightly builds, the biggest change is going to be the version number. The new build is now showing a development version of 3.0.

$ start-ds -V
OpenDJ 3.0.0-SNAPSHOT
Build 20150506012828
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 Name Build number Revision number
Extension: snmp-mib2605 3.0.0-SNAPSHOT 12206

We are still missing the MSI package (sorry to the Windows users, we are trying to find the Maven plugin that will allow us to build the package in a similar way as previously with ant), and we are also looking at restoring the JNLP based installer, but otherwise OpenDJ 3 nightly builds are available for testing, in different forms : Zip, RPM and Debian packages.

OpenDJ Nightly Builds at ForgeRock.org

We have also changed the minimal version of Java required to run the OpenDJ LDAP directory server. Java 7 or higher is required.

We’re looking forward to getting your feedback.

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Linux AD Integration with OpenDJ – by Pieter Baele

This week I stumbled upon this presentation done by Pieter Baele, about the integration of Linux, Microsoft AD and OpenDJ, to build a secure efficient naming and security enterprise service.

The presentation covers the different solutions to provide integrated authentication and naming services for Linux and Windows, and described more in depth one built with OpenDJ. Overall, it has very good information for the system administrators that need to address this kind of integration between the Linux and the Windows world.

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Rencontrez ForgeRock à SIdO Lyon, les 7 et 8 Avril

Salon Internet des ObjetsJe serai présent avec notre équipe au SIdO, l’événement 100% dédié à l’Internet des Objets qui aura lieu à Lyon les 7 et 8 Avril 2015.

Outre notre présence dans l’espace coworking pendant les 2 jours, Lasse Andresen, CTO de ForgeRock, animera un workshop avec ARM et Schneider sur la place de l’Identité dans l’Internet des Objets, le Mercredi 8 à 13h30.

N’hésitez pas à venir nous rendre visite dans l’espace coworking.

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Join us for The Identity Summit

Meet the Security and Identity rockstars and thought leaders at The Identity Summit, May 27-29th 2015 !

In addition to the two full days of sessions, this year at The Identity Summit, all ForgeRock customers are invited to participate in a pre-event community day where you will be able to interact with ForgeRock product development and other customers.

Photo by Anthony Quintano - https://www.flickr.com/photos/quintanomedia/

Photo by Anthony Quintano – https://www.flickr.com/photos/quintanomedia/

The event will take place at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay, California.

Register today. Sign-up for the customer user group is part of The Identity Summit registration process. Make sure to add the Customer User Group as an “Additional Item” before submitting your information.

The call for speakers is opened until April 13th.

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Why I love my job !

At ForgeRock, I have multiple reasons to enjoy what I do. I have the responsibility for two products: OpenDJ, the LDAP directory services and OpenIG the Identity Gateway, and I also manages the French subsidiary. But what really gets me excited in the morning is that I get to work with very smart and passionate people!

Jean-Noël, one of the engineers of the OpenDJ development team, has a passion for beautiful code and AlpesJuggyTranshe loves refactoring, cleaning existing code. On his personal time, he started to automate his process in Eclipse, and then turn it into an Eclipse plugin, and finally made the code available as an open source project: AutoRefactor. Now, in the office, most of the engineers using Eclipse are also using the AutoRefactor plugin.

So when Jean-Noël got to present his work at our local Java User Group (the AlpesJUG), the rest of the team went along and supported him. As one of the other engineers has a passion for photography (which I share), it gives this amazing picture gallery and set of souvenirs for everyone:

AutoRefactor Session at the AlpesJUG (Feb 24, 2015)

Photos by Bruno Lavit – Click to go to the picture gallery

PS: It also helps that we are working in a great environment where we can afford to do this⬇︎ (sometime to time) during our lunch break!

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About auditing LDAP operations…

OpenDJ LogoMany years ago, when I’ve started working on LDAP directory services, we needed to have some auditing of the operations occurring on the server. So, the server had a “Access” log which contained a message when an operation was received, and one when it was returned to the client, which included the processing time on the server side (the etime parameter). On Netscape and Sun directory servers, the etime was measured in seconds. This format allowed us to detect requests that were taking a long time, or were started but not finished.

In OpenDJ, we switched the etime resolution to milliseconds, but there’s an option to set it to nano-seconds. Yet, with millisecond resolution, there are still a number of log entries with an etime value of 0. The truth is that the server is faster, but so are the machines and processors.

At a rate of 50 000 operations per seconds (which can easily be sustained on my laptop), having two messages per operation does generate a lot of data to write to disk. That’s why we have introduced a new audit log format, not well advertised I must say, in OpenDJ 2.6.0. To enable the new format, use the following dsconfig command:

dsconfig set-log-publisher-prop -h localhost -p 4444 -X -n \
 -D "cn=directory manager" -w password \
 --publisher-name File-Based\ Access\ Logger  --set log-format:combined

And now instead of having 2 lines per operations, there is a single one.

Before:

[23/Feb/2015:08:56:31 +0100] SEARCH REQ conn=0 op=4 msgID=5 base="cn=File-Based Access Logger,cn=Loggers,cn=config" scope=baseObject filter="(objectClass=*)" attrs="1.1"
[23/Feb/2015:08:56:31 +0100] SEARCH RES conn=0 op=4 msgID=5 result=0 nentries=1 etime=0
[23/Feb/2015:08:56:31 +0100] SEARCH REQ conn=0 op=5 msgID=6 base="cn=File-Based Access Logger,cn=Loggers,cn=config" scope=baseObject filter="(objectClass=*)" attrs="objectclass"
[23/Feb/2015:08:56:31 +0100] SEARCH RES conn=0 op=5 msgID=6 result=0 nentries=1 etime=0

After, in combined mode:

[23/Feb/2015:13:00:28 +0100] SEARCH conn=48 op=8215 msgID=8216 base="dc=example,dc=com" scope=wholeSubtree filter="(uid=user.1)" attrs="ALL" result=0 nentries=1 etime=0
[23/Feb/2015:13:00:28 +0100] SEARCH conn=60 op=10096 msgID=10097 base="dc=example,dc=com" scope=wholeSubtree filter="(uid=user.6)" attrs="ALL" result=0 nentries=1 etime=0

The benefits of enabling the combined log format are multiple. Less data is written to disk for each operation, less I/O operations are involved, resulting in overall better throughput for the server. And it allows to keep more history of operations with the same volume of log files.

Do you think that OpenDJ 3.0 access log files should use the combined format by default ?

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