OpenDS and LDAP naming services on the Identity Buzz Podcast

IdmbuzzbeeTwo weeks ago, Nick Wooler and I talked about LDAP Naming Services and OpenDS in a new episode of the famous Identity Management Buzz Podcast. We cover the basics of Naming services, why LDAP naming services are the way to go and how OpenDS fits in this picture, for Solaris, OpenSolaris but also the other operating systems.

For more information, you can check the Identity Management Starter Kits for using OpenDS as the OpenSolaris Naming Service.

To learn more about OpenDS, go to the open source main web site http://www.opends.org/.

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My vote for the iPhone App of the year !

I haven’t been an early adopter of the iPhone, mostly because it only became available in France with the 3G model, but since I bought mine I’ve been really pleased with it (apart from the short battery lifetime). Like most iPhone users, I’ve downloaded and added a few apps, but I’ve been reluctant to pay for apps that I couldn’t try before…

Until yesterday !

Yesterday, Anton Bobrov, a co-worker and developer on the OpenDS project, still maintainer of the Netscape LDAP SDK, told me that his Directory application was available on the App Store. I knew it was it the work, and knowing Anton I was expecting some pretty well crafted application.

Indeed, Directory is a simple, clean and lean LDAP query application that allows iPhone and iPodTouch users to search their corporate directory servers (or LDAP savvy developers to test their development server ;-).). Directory provides secure access and authentication to the server and allows to dial, email or add contacts in the local address book.

I’m currently using it to access Sun‘s externally accessible phone directory, but I’ve tested it successfully with both Sun Directory Server and OpenDS.

ZEN Directory App for iPhoneZEN Directory App for iPhone and iTouch

Here’s the settings that I’ve used (once you’ve installed the Directory application, there is a "Directory" section in the Settings application).

Identity: cn=John Smith (12345),ou=people,dc=sun,dc=com

[your Sun ID should be enclosed in brackets and watch the spaces]

Password: My Sun password

LDAP: book.sun.com

(Keep the remaining untouched).

Thanks Anton for this long desired application which will save me a lot of time in the future. May I request the ability to have multiple LDAP accounts and easily switch from one to another ?

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Directory experts from the US meet in Somerset.

Nick Wooler presenting at Sun Directory Masters 2009 in NJYesterday and today, we’re hosting the US version of the Sun Directory Masters in Somerset NJ. Despite the weak economy and the swine flu, over 40 sales engineers, consultants, software architects met to discuss with the lead developers from the Directory engineering team, the coming features of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7 and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0.

With an agenda very similar to the Grenoble event, yesterday we’ve covered the Directory landscape, the Directory Services products roadmap, performances and new deployment scenarios offered with the new products. Today, we’re discussing Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0, its performances, tools to transition legacy directory services to new deployments, benchmarking tools… We also have presentations done by our partners like Bill Hathaway from Versatile or our own field engineers or architects like Brad Diggs, Michael Melore (trying to entertain the attendance at lunch break), Wajih Ahmed or Lee Trujillo (as pictured during his talk below).

Michael Melore, Master of ceremony at the Directory Masters in Somerset NJLee Trujillo talking DirTracer at the Directory Master event in Somerset NJ

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OpenDS Tab Sweep April 27

It’s been a while since I last swept my browser’s tabs. OpenDS is being used and mentioned more and more those days.

  • Masoud Kalali, in the Java zone of DZone.com, wrote a long and detailed article demonstrating how to do end to end security with JavaDB. One of the mechanism for securing the access to the database is LDAP based authentication and authorization and Masoud details how to use OpenDS to enable this.
  • In the Architects zone of DZone.com, Masoud again published an interview with me (yeah, I know, but a little bit of self promotion never hurts) about the OpenDS project and Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition.
  • Johan Andersson, wrote a blog post on the subject of LDAP and MySQL Cluster, describing some of the work we’ve done in the OpenDS project (and that has also been conducted in OpenLDAP).
  • On a different note, I came accross the Ldap Synchronization Connector (LSC) open source project (under the BSD license), delivering tools to to synchronize a LDAP directory from a list of data sources including any database with a JDBC connector, another LDAP directory, flat files… LSC seems a pretty new and confidential project, yet they are listing a few real customers based deployments. LSC is written in Java, and uses OpenDS as an embedded directory server.
  • OpenDS on Amazon EC2. An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) built on the OpenSolaris AMI, with OpenDS pre-installed and ready to use is now available and supported. This was announced along with AMI for GlassFish and OpenSSO.

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Meeting the OpenDS and OpenSSO teams…

The OpenSSO and OpenDS communities will be gathering twice in the coming months.

In an “unconference” format, join us for a day or half-day of discussions and presentations with users, deployers and developers of our identity related open source projects.

May 5, 2009 in Munich.

This second OpenSSO Community Day will take place at the Deutschen Museum, München (Munich), Germany, kindly hosted by the European Identity Conference 2009.

If you haven’t done so, it is still time to register, but hurry up, there are few remaining seats.

And suggest your ideas, proposals for presentations on the OpenSSO Community Wiki page.

Note that OpenSSO Community Day attendees are eligible for a 20% discount on registration for the European Identity Conference. Quote discount code OPENSSO when registering.

May 31, 2009 in San Francisco, just before CommunityOne and JavaOne.

The third OpenSSO Community Day will be at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, immediately before the CommunityOne West and JavaOne conferences.

Still in an ‘unconference’ format, the agenda includes all of Sun’s open source identity projects: OpenDS, OpenSSO and Identity Connectors. Suggest your ideas, proposal for presentations at http://wikis.sun.com/display/OpenSSO/OpenSSO+Community+Day+-+San+Francisco+-+May+31+2009.

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MySQL, data and LDAP access

MySQL Conference & Expo 2009

LDAP and RDBMs have often been opposed in the past with LDAP being the preferred service for fast frequent lookups, authentication and authorization, and RDBMs being the preferred service to write large data, updated frequently, mined some time to time.

But both technologies have some things in common: they are data stores and they are heavily used. And often, within an enterprise or a service provider, the data stored in the RDBMs is duplicated from the LDAP directory service (or vice-versa).

So there is an interest in sharing the data between RDBMs and LDAP. There are different ways to achieve this.

At the MySQL conference on April 20-23, 2009, we will be holding a BoF session to discuss how to make use of LDAP with MySQL databases, with Sun products : Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition and OpenDS.

I hope to see you there.

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Hallo OpenDS ! Cześć OpenDS ! Hola OpenDS !

OpenDS, LDAP directory server. Open Standards, Open SourceCommunities are amazing. A day after we announced the Translation Community for the OpenDS project, we’ve already added 3 languages to the ones already set.

So I’m please to announce the availability in the Community Translation Interface, the OpenDS German translation project, the OpenDS Spanish translation project and the OpenDS Polish translation project.

OpenDS Gemeinschaft für Deutsch Übersetzung ist nun offen

OpenDS comunidad para la traducción español ya está abierto

OpenDS społeczność niemiecki tłumaczenie jest już otwarty

Disclaimer : those 3 translation above are computer generated, unlike the OpenDS community let translations !

General discussion are taking place on the G11N alias <g11n@opends.dev.java.net> but language specific mailing lists have been created to discuss in native languages the details:

  • For German : g11n_de@opends.dev.java.net
  • For Spanish : g11n_es@opends.dev.java.net
  • For Polish: g11n_pl@opends.dev.java.net

Please subscribe to the mailing lists if you intend to participate. And many thanks to the OpenDS community members that have already signed up.

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