Policy agents are programs that police the web server or application server that hosts protected resources. When a user requests access to a protected resource such as a server or an application, the policy agent intercepts the request and redirects the request to Access Manager authentication service. The policy agent also enforces the user’s assigned policies. Policy agents are an integral part of SSO and CDSSO sessions.
Access Manager supports two types of policy agents:
Web agent– Enforces URL-based policy for C applications.
J2EE/Java agent– Enforces URL-based policy and J2EE-based policy for Java applications on J2EE containers.
Both types of agents are available for you to install as programs separate from Access Manager. For comprehensive information about policy agents and how to install them, see the Web Policy Agent GuideSun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Guide for Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 and J2EE Policy Agent GuideSun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Guide for Sun Java System Application Server 8.1.