Use actions to perform work that is not performed directly against the resource account object but is instead performed before or after that resource account is created, updated, or deleted. Resource actions support copying files to a new user’s directory, updating the SUDOers file on UNIX for the user after they have been created, or other native activities. You could perform this type of work by using a custom resource adapter. However, it is simpler to deploy a resource adapter with actions than to deploy a custom resource adapter.
Three types of results messages are associated with actions:
Success. Displays an Identity Manager success message.
Success with action output. Displays an Identity Manager success message along with standard error and output information.
Failure. Displays an Identity Manager failure message, along with standard error and output information.