ForgeRock Identity…

ForgeRock logoEach company has its own culture, influenced by leadership, the founders and the employees. I ‘m not trying to describe ForgeRock company’s culture, one has to live it to understand, but being a global company with offices in Oslo (Norway), Bristol (UK), Grenoble (France), San Francisco and Portland (USA), and employees in many other countries such as New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Belgique, Hungary, etc, is a big part of our identity. Then, there are objects that are building the company’s identity, and you will find them everywhere. At ForgeRock, among other things, we have the “Orange Couch”.

Oslo:

Grenoble:

Portland /Vancouver:

And the home office version in  South Africa:

ForgeRock Cullture elements

OpenDJ 2.4.6 is now available

As few days after an important milestone for OpenDJ, the open source LDAP directory server in Java, I’m happy to announce that a new bug fix release of  the 2.4 series has just been made available. OpenDJ 2.4.6 is an update release of the OpenDJ project and improves reliability and performances with large groups and entries, as well as very large databases. The full details about the release have been posted in the OpenDJ 2.4.6 Release Notes. Upgrading to this release is recommended for everyone running earlier versions. For additional features and bug fixes, please use OpenDJ 2.5.0-Xpress1.

The release is built out of revision 8102 of the b2.4 branch of the code repository.

As usual, you can find every thing on the OpenDJ Downloads page:

The draft documentation for OpenDJ, and more specifically the Administration Guide, has been updated on the OpenDJ project site, still on the track for an accurate, reviewed version for OpenDJ 2.5.

Feedback is important to us and you can participate on the IRC channel, the mailing lists or join our community.

Enjoy !

Tab Sweep Summer Edition

Closing tabs and removing bookmarks in my browser before going on vacation, I ought to post a few links before :

ForgeRock is growing and I’m happy to count Chris Ridd as a new member of the OpenDJ team. Chris’ main focus will be support and sustaining, but he’s already started building knowledge information and posted an article on our wiki about using Eclipse for OpenDJ development; and has a new feature enhancement in progress.

Open source projects likes other open source projects. For the last few months, Silverpeas has been running demos, testing with the OpenDJ LDAP directory service. They’ve moved one step closer with integrating OpenDJ in their unit test framework, posted the JUnit module on GitHub, and documented the process. A French version of the article is also available.

Bill Nelson keeps on publishing snippets of the OpenDJ Administration, Maintenance and Tuning class, and this week posted an Architecture overview of the OpenDJ directory server.

Version 2.0 of the LDAP Synchronization Connector (LSC-Project) has been released. I need to give a try to the new version, as LSC has been proved to be helpful for migrating directory services.

Dave Koelmeyer wrote a simple article, yet very useful, describing how to enable LDAP secondary group memberships with Ubuntu 12.04 and OpenDJ.

Phil Lembo, alias ELDAPO, posted a short article to describe how to update the JVM version used by OpenDJ. There are some good reasons for enforcing some stickiness with the version of the JVM, but controlling the runtime environment for a service that can be critical is the major one.

Have I already mentioned that we’re hiring ? If you’re a developer, have some good object oriented programming experience with Java, and want to live close to the Alps, enjoying cycling, hiking or hand-gliding during summer time and skiing or snowboarding in winter, then you should apply now.

At Pipay, 15 km from ForgeRock Grenoble Engineering Center

OpenDJ 2.5.0-Xpress1 is now available

I’m happy to announce that a new revision of OpenDJ, the open source LDAP directory server in Java has just been released. OpenDJ 2.5.0-Xpress1 is a new stable release of the main development branch of the OpenDJ project.

OpenDJ 2.5.0-Xpress1 brings you the latest features such as:

  • Capability to delegate authentication to Microsoft Active Directory (pass-through authentication)
  • Improved enforcement of referential integrity for groups, whereby OpenDJ can now ensure both that members’ entries exist when they are added to groups, and also that members are removed from groups when their entries are deleted
  • Access log filtering, with additional output configuration to combine request and response messages, log control OIDs, and specify timestamp formats
  • Optimistic concurrency control through ETag attributes
  • Synchronization of Samba and OpenDJ passwords

You can find more details about the OpenDJ 2.5.0-Xpress1 release in the OpenDJ Release Notes.

The release is built out of revision 8087 of the trunk of the code repository.

As usual, you can find every thing on the OpenDJ Downloads page:

The draft documentation for OpenDJ, and more specifically the Administration Guide, has been updated on the OpenDJ project site, still on the track for an accurate, reviewed version for the final release of OpenDJ 2.5.0, due by the end of this year.

Feedback is important to us and you can participate on the IRC channel, the mailing lists or join our community.

Enjoy !

What a week !

Big BenIt’s been one of these weeks, where you’re so busy that you hardly have the time to tweet, let even blog. The week started on Sunday morning with an early flight to London (after a very short night thanks to my daughter end of the year party). On Monday, I’ve been driven to Bristol, to see our new office, meet with Steve Ferris, head of ForgeRock UK, and meet with Chris Ridd who has just joined our company as a Support engineer, focusing mostly on OpenDJ, our open source LDAP directory services in Java.

After Oslo, this was my second stage of the tour of world-wide offices (*). Bristol office has opened a couple of weeks ago, and it’s really nice, located on Queen’s Square, in an old house and spread through 3 stores and a cellar.

Bristol officeBristol wall
Bristol break roomBristol meeting room

On Tuesday, we left the Bristol office around noon to come back to London for 2 meetings with customers, both using OpenDJ.On Wednesday morning I flew back to France, to prepare our Grenoble office warming party, planed for the Thursday at 5:30pm.

On Thursday I went and picked up Lasse Andresen our CEO, at the airport. He was just back from San Francisco and making a detour on his way home for the party. We had a little time for talking about the business, hiring, and a few other things, and already our first guests started to show up for the official opening of the new office for the ForgeRock Grenoble Engineering Center. Over an hour and half, we had the visit from some of our office neighbors, some ex-colleagues from Sun, the Chief Service Officer from BonitaSoft (another great startup from Grenoble, build on open source software), our external accountants, a few leaders from the AlpesJUG (the local Java User Group), guests from other software or services companies around, and even the future new hire who signed his contract yesterday. I was so busy with welcoming everyone, making sure glasses were not empty, that I realized afterwards I had not taken a single photo of the event, despite having my camera ready on my desk.

This morning, Lasse and I had another session of work before he started to head towards the airport to fly back home, and since then, I’ve been trying to catch up on emails, documents and all… This is my last action before I call it a week and go in the living room to sip a very fresh beer and relax !

The coming weeks should allow me more time for blogging and tweeting. Until then, enjoy the week-end !

(*) I don’t plan to continue my tour until September, and should see the San Francisco office when I’m coming to speak at JavaOne.