Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Administration Guide

Creating Role-Based Attributes

You can create classic CoS schemes that generate attribute values for an entry that is based on the role possessed by the entry. For example, you could use role-based attributes to set the server look-through limit on an entry-by-entry basis.

To create a role-based attribute, use the nsRole attribute as the cosSpecifier in the CoS definition entry of a classic CoS. Because the nsRole attribute can be multivalued, you can define CoS schemes that have more than one possible template entry. To resolve the ambiguity of which template entry to use, you can include the cosPriority attribute in your CoS template entry.

For example, you can create a CoS that allows members of the manager role to exceed the standard mailbox quota. The manager role is as follows:

dn: cn=ManagerRole,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
objectclass: top
objectclass: LDAPsubentry
objectclass: nsRoleDefinition
objectclass: nsComplexRoleDefinition
objectclass: nsFilteredRoleDefinition
cn: ManagerRole
nsRoleFilter: (isManager=True)
Description: filtered role for managers

The classic CoS definition entry is created as follows:

dn: cn=generateManagerQuota,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
objectclass: top
objectclass: LDAPsubentry
objectclass: cosSuperDefinition
objectclass: cosClassicDefinition
cosTemplateDn: cn=managerCOS,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
cosSpecifier: nsRole
cosAttribute: mailboxquota override

The CoS template name must be a combination of the cosTemplateDn and the value of nsRole, which is the DN of the role. For example:

objectclass: top
objectclass: LDAPsubentry
objectclass: extensibleobject
objectclass: cosTemplate
mailboxquota: 1000000

The CoS template entry provides the value for the mailboxquota attribute. An additional qualifier of override tells the CoS to override any existing mailboxquota attributes values in the target entry. Target entries that are members of the role will have computed attributes generated by the role and by the CoS, for example:

$ ldapsearch -h host1 -p 1389 -D cn=admin,cn=Administrators,cn=config -w -\
 -b "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com" -s sub "(cn=*Fuentes)"
dn: cn=Carla Fuentes,ou=People,dc=example,dc=comcn: Carla Fuentes
isManager: TRUE...nsRole: cn=ManagerRole,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
mailboxquota: 1000000

Note –

The role entry and the CoS definition entry should be located in the same place in the directory tree so that they have the same target entries in their scope. The CoS target entry should also be located in the same place so that it is easy to find and maintain.