|Oracle Internet Directory Administrator's Guide
Part Number B15991-01
This chapter explains how to migrate data from both LDAP Version 3-compatible directories and application-specific data repositories into Oracle Internet Directory.
This chapter contains these topics:
During an Oracle Internet Directory installation, Oracle Universal Installer creates a default schema and directory information tree (DIT). This default DIT framework is described in Chapter 3, "Directory Concepts and Architecture" and in Chapter 23, "Deployment of Oracle Identity Management Realms". The framework is flexible and you can modify it to suit the needs of your deployment.
In Oracle Internet Directory 10g (10.1.4.0.1), the following directory elements are created by default:
Root Oracle Context (
cn=OracleContext): This is the container where Oracle products store enterprise-wide configuration data.
Default identity management realm (
,dc=com): This is the container under which Oracle products expect to find enterprise users and groups. It approximates the enterprise DIT structure. For example, if Oracle Internet Directory is installed on a computer whose host name is:
my_computer.us.my_company.com, then the default identity management realm created at installation of Oracle Internet Directory would be
dc=my_company,dc=com. Oracle products expect to find all users under the container c
n=users,dc=us,dc=my_company,dc=com and all groups under
cn=groups,dc=us,dc=my_company,dc=com. In addition to creating the default identity management realm entry, the Oracle Internet Directory Configuration Assistant stores a pointer to it in the Root Oracle Context so that other Oracle Internet Directory-enabled components can bootstrap themselves.
You can change this default identity management realm to suit your deployment requirements.
This section provides practical information for migrating data from an LDAP-compliant, third-party directory to Oracle Internet Directory. If you have a directory with an already-established structure, and you want to migrate the data from that directory into the default directory structure environment, then follow the instructions in this section.
This section contains these topics:
Three tools are commonly used for migrating third-party LDAP data to Oracle Internet Directory. They are:
Which tool or tools you use depends on several factors, including the size of the data you are importing and whether the data must be mapped.
The Bulk Loading Tool,
bulkload, is a command-line tool for loading a large number of entries into a directory server. It uses Oracle SQL*Loader to load the directory entries. The
bulkload tool expects the input file to be in LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF). The
bulkload tool can validate LDIF input for referential integrity, but it cannot perform any mapping or other transformation on the data.
Table 27-1, "Features of bulkload and dipassistant" lists the features of
bulkload, as compared with
dipassistant bootstrap. For
bulkload syntax information and examples, see "Oracle Internet Directory Data Management Tools" in Oracle Identity Management User Reference.
The Directory Integration Assistant,
dipassistant, is a command-line tool for administering the synchronization profiles scheduled by the Oracle directory integration server. An administrator can use the
dipassistant bootstrap operation to perform the initial migration of data between a connected directory and Oracle Internet Directory when configuring the Oracle directory integration server to perform ongoing synchronization. You also use it for a one-time data migration, without ongoing synchronization.
dipassistant bootstrap operation can take data either directly from a third-party LDAP-compliant directory or from an LDIF file, tagged file, or CSV file. You must provide mapping rules, either as a synchronization profile or in a configuration file.
Table 27-1, "Features of bulkload and dipassistant" lists the features of
dipassistant bootstrap, as compared with
dipassistant syntax information, configuration file properties, information about input file types, and examples, see "Oracle Directory Integration PlatformTools" in Oracle Identity Management User Reference and Oracle Identity Management Integration Guide.
Under some circumstances, an administrator might choose not to use
dipassistant when configuring the Oracle directory integration server. Once configured, the Oracle directory integration server itself can migrate data from a connected directory to Oracle Internet Directory. You can also use the Oracle directory integration server for a one-time data migration. For more information, see Oracle Identity Management Integration Guide.
This section describes different scenarios for using the tools described in the "Tools" section. They include:
When no translation is required and data is very large (500,000 or more),
bulkload is the best choice for migrating data from a third-party directory to Oracle Internet Directory. It is fast and it can validate LDIF input. To use this method, you must first export data from the third-party directory to an LDIF file, as shown in Figure 27-1, "Using an LDIF File and bulkload".
LDIF is the IETF-sanctioned ASCII interchange format for representing LDAP-compliant directory data as a file. All LDAP-compliant directories should have tools to export their contents into one or more LDIF files representing the DIT at the time of export.
See Also:RFC 2849 of the IETF, available for download at:
When using an LDIF file and bulkload to migrate data to Oracle Internet Directory, you must perform the following tasks.
These tasks are explained in"Tasks For Migrating Data from LDAP-Compliant Directories" .
If you must perform mapping when migrating the data from the third-party directory to Oracle Internet Directory, and if the data is small in size, you can use
dipassistant. As shown in Figure 27-2, "Using dipassistant Directly", you can use the third-party directory itself as input to
Scenario 3 is a variation on Scenario 2. If you do not have direct access to the third-party directory, you can have the administrator export the data to an LDIF file. As shown in Figure 27-3, "Using an LDIF File and dipassistant",
dipassistant can take its input from an LDIF file. You could also use Oracle directory integration server to migrate the data.
Whenever you use an LDIF file and bulkload to migrate data to Oracle Internet Directory, you must perform certain tasks. In this scenario, you will be using a mapping file with
dipassistant or Oracle Directory Integration and Provisioning, so do not have to perform all the tasks listed in "Scenario 1: Using an LDIF File and bulkload". You only have to perform the following tasks:
If you have a large amount of data and you must perform mapping on the data, you can use a combination of tools. As shown in Figure 27-4, "Using dipassistant, bulkload, and LDIF Files", you can export the data from the third-party directory to an LDIF file, then use
dipassistant bootstrap to perform the mapping into another LDIF file, which you then load with
As in Scenario 3: Using an LDIF File and dipassistant, you only have to perform these tasks:
The Oracle directory integration server allows you to configure bidirectional, ongoing integration between Oracle Internet Directory and a Third-party directory, as shown in Figure 27-5, "Using the Oracle Directory Integration Server". For more information, see Oracle Identity Management Integration Guide.
To migrate data from LDAP-compliant directories using an LDIF file, you perform the tasks explained in this section.
As described in "Common Usage Scenarios", you do not need to perform Tasks 4-7 if you're using
dipassistant or Oracle Directory Integration and Provisioning with a mapping file.
See the vendor-supplied documentation for instructions. If flags or options exist for exporting data from the foreign directory, be sure to select the method that:
Produces LDIF output with the least amount of proprietary information included
Provides maximum conformance to the IETF Request for Comments 2849 of the IETF, available for download at:
Any attributes not found in the Oracle Internet Directory base schema require extension of the Oracle Internet Directory base schema prior to the importation of the LDIF file. Some directories may support the use of configuration files for defining extensions to their base schema (Oracle Internet Directory does not). If you have a configuration file you can use it as a guideline for extending the base schema in Oracle Internet Directory in "Task 3: Extend the Schema in Oracle Internet Directory".
See Chapter 11, "Directory Schema Administration" for tips on how to extend the directory schema in Oracle Internet Directory. You can do this by using either Oracle Directory Manager or the SchemaSynch tool, which is documented in Oracle Identity Management User Reference.
If you have users who will be using other Oracle products, you must create users with object classes
orclUserV2 and its required attributes. If you are integrating with Active Directory, you must create users with object class
orclADUser and its required attributes. These object classes and their attributes are documented inOracle Identity Management User Reference.
Certain elements of the LDAP v3 standard have not yet been formalized, such as ACI attributes. As a result, various directory vendors implement ACI policy objects in ways that do not translate well across vendor installations.
After the basic entry data has been imported from the cleaned up LDIF file to Oracle Internet Directory, you must explicitly reapply security policies in the Oracle Internet Directory environment. You can do this by using either Oracle Directory Manager, or command-line tools and LDIF files containing the desired ACP information.
There may be other proprietary metadata unrelated to access control. You should remove this as well. Understanding the various IETF RFCs can help you determine which directory metadata is proprietary to a given vendor and which complies with the LDAP standards, and is thus portable by way of an LDIF file.
Four of the standard LDAP v3 operational attributes, namely,
modifyTimestamp are automatically generated by Oracle Internet Directory whenever entries are created or imported. It is not possible to instantiate these values from existing directory data, for example by using LDIF file importation. Therefore you should remove these attributes from the file before attempting to import.
Oracle Internet Directory 10g (10.1.4.0.1) supports the following userPassword attribute hash algorithms:
The userPassword attribute hash values used by some vendor products are not compatible with Oracle Internet Directory. As a result, you must remove all lines corresponding to the
userPassword attribute and value from the LDIF data file unless they are represented in plain text or contain no value. After importation of the LDIF data, you must manually re-enter or upload hashed userPassword information separately into the directory. Be sure that the passwords comply with the Oracle Internet Directory password policies and are in clear text.
Migrating user data from an application-specific repository requires:
Collecting the user data from the application-specific repository and formatting it in a way that the directory can read it
Making that data available to the directory administrator who must then:
Specify where to place it in the directory
Import it into the directory
To enable this migration to happen, the Oracle Directory Provisioning Integration Service requires the application-specific repository to export its data to an intermediate template file. Records in this template file are not in pure LDIF; they contain substitution variables that have to do with, for example, the location in the directory where the information is finally to reside. The application leaves these variables undefined, so that you, the directory administrator can define them later on.
To convert the user data from this intermediate template file into proper LDIF, you use the OID Migration Tool (ldifmigrator). Once the data is converted to LDIF, you can load it into the directory.
To summarize: Migrating data from application-specific repositories involves these general steps:
Exporting the application-specific data as an intermediate template file
You, the directory administrator, using the OID Migration Tool (ldifmigrator) to read these partial LDIF entries and convert them to pure LDIF entries based on the deployment choices
You, the directory administrator, loading the data, now in pure LDIF, into Oracle Internet Directory
The application completing the migration process according to its own specifications
The data you are migrating from an application-specific repository may already reside in Oracle Internet Directory. If this is the case, then you can reconcile differences between the two directories by using the reconciliation feature of the OID Migration Tool (ldifmigrator).
To migrate data from application-specific repositories, you create an intermediate template file, then run the OID Migration Tool.
Applications generating data in national languages must store that data in AL32UTF8 in the intermediate template file as specified in the IETF RFC 2849, "The LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) - Technical Specification" available at
When generating the intermediate template file, migrating applications must list all user records sequentially with a record separator as defined in RFC 2849. The OID Migration Tool (ldifmigrator) assigns all of these users to the default identity management realm, which corresponds to the enterprise itself.
Figure 27-6 shows the overall structure of the intermediate template file containing user entries.
Figure 27-6 Structure of the Intermediate User File
The intermediate template file uses the following format to generate a valid user entry. All of the strings in bold text are supplied from the application-specific repository.
dn: cn=UserID, %s_UserContainerDN% sn: Last_Name orclGlobalID: GUID_for_User %s_UserNicknameAttribute%: UserID objectClass: inetOrgPerson objectClass: orclUserV2
In this template, the strings %s_UserContainerDN% and %s_UserNicknameAttribute% are substitution variables for which the OID Migration Tool provides values. The OID Migration Tool determines these values according to deployment-specific considerations. Either the application passes the arguments to the OID Migration Tool, or the tool retrieves them from the directory.
The following intermediate template file includes user entries generated by the application-specific migration logic. In this example, all of the data listed in bold text is from the application-specific user repository.
dn: cn=jdoe, %s_UserContainerDN% sn: Doe %s_UserNicknameAttribute%: jdoe objectClass: inetOrgPerson objectClass: orclUserV2 title: Member of Technical Staff homePhone: 415-584-5670 homePostalAddress: 234 Lez Drive$ Redwood City$ CA$ 94402
dn: cn=jsmith, %s_UserContainerDN% sn: Smith %s_UserNicknameAttribute%: jsmith objectClass: inetOrgPerson objectClass: orclUserV2 title: Member of Technical Staff homePhone: 650-584-5670 homePostalAddress: 232 Gonzalez Drive$ San Francisco$ CA$ 94404
dn: cn=lrider, %s_UserContainerDN% sn: Rider %s_UserNicknameAttribute%: lrider objectClass: inetOrgPerson objectClass: orclUserV2 title: Senior Member of Technical Staff homePhone: 650-584-5670
Once all of the user data is converted to the intermediate file format, the OID Migration Tool further converts it into a proper LDIF file that can be loaded into Oracle Internet Directory.
You can find examples of intermediate template files in
Each user entry has mandatory and optional attributes.
Table 27-2 lists and describes the mandatory attributes in a user entry.
Distinguished name of the user entry with appropriate substitution variables. The relative distinguished name of the entry MUST contain the
Surname—that is, the last name—of the user
Once you have set up the intermediate template file, the OID Migration Tool enables you to bring all pertinent data from the application-specific repository into Oracle Internet Directory. Once you have migrated the data, you can update whatever portion of it is relevant to the application by synchronizing that application with Oracle Internet Directory. You synchronize by using the Oracle Directory Synchronization Service.