Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Administration Guide

Restricting Access to Key Roles

You can use role definitions in the directory to identify functions that are critical to your business, such as the administration of your network and directory.

For example, you might create a superAdmin role by identifying a subset of your system administrators who are available at a particular time of day and day of the week at corporate sites worldwide. Or you might want to create a First Aid role that includes all staff members who have first aid training at a particular site. For information about creating role definitions see Managing Roles.

When a role gives any sort of privileged user rights over critical corporate or business functions, consider restricting access to that role. For example, at, employees can add any role to their own entry, except the superAdmin role, as shown in the following example.

ACI “Roles”

In LDIF, to grant employees the right to add any role to their own entry, except the superAdmin role, you would write the following statement:

aci: (targetattr="*") (targattrfilters="add=nsRoleDN:
 (nsRoleDN !="cn=superAdmin, dc=example, dc=com")")
 (version 3.0; acl "Roles"; allow (write)
 userdn= "ldap:///self" ;)

This example assumes that the ACI is added to the ou=People,dc=example, dc=com entry.