As the legacy Sun product has reached its end of life, many companies are looking at migrating from Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition [SunDSEE] to ForgeRock Directory Services, built on the OpenDJ project.
Several of our existing customers have already done this migration, whether in house or with the help of partners. Some even did the migration in 2 weeks. In every case, the migration was smooth and easy. Regularly, I’m asked if we have a detailed migration guide and if we can recommend tools to keep the 2 services running side by side, synchronized, until all apps are moved to the ForgeRock Directory Services deployment.
Bill Nelson, has published the “The Most Complete History of Directory Services You Will Ever Find” (until the next one comes along), a detailed history of LDAP based directory services and products. Expect a few updates as people find about this and ask for adding new data points. But this is the most complete summary I’m aware of. I had a timeline of Sun directory products a few years ago, but Bill’s has more details.
His post includes a visual timeline of the directory service products and their heritage, linked here under, for your convenience.
Personally, I’ve been involved with the Sun and derived lines since 1996, and now drive the ForgeRock one: OpenDJ !
Last week-end all Sun products documentation got moved from docs.sun.com to Oracle.com domain, with new IDs. So all URLs and bookmarks have been “lost in translation” !
On this blog, I had numerous references to Sun directory product documentations, pointing to specific commands or chapters for configuring and managing the service… All are now redirecting to the main Oracle’s documentation page. 😦
But I managed to find the place where the Sun Directory Server documentation is listed, from iPlanet Directory Server 4.11 to the latest Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition 11g : the Legacy Sun Identity Management Documentation. There are link for both the online and the PDF versions.
For those two days, we’re hosting 30 sales, presales, architects, consultants from Sun and partner companies, immersed within the developers, architects, managers of the Directory Engineering team. This is a very good way for our guest to understand where the product is going and how to better sell it to customers, and for engineers to learn more about the real customers needs and problems to solve.
Today we’ve touched mostly the Directory landscape, our product roadmap, DSEE, deployments, performances, virtual directory features. Tomorrow will have more of an OpenDS flavor…
PS: To my Japanese friends, Moryia is not on the picture, but he’s in Grenoble 😉