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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Authorization Policy Manager
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3 Getting Started with Oracle Authorization Policy Manager

Oracle Authorization Policy Manager user interface uses the following general operational principle: first the administrator identifies a security object (by browsing or searching), and then, once the object has been selected, he chooses one of the operations available on it.

This chapter describes the major tabs, the navigation panel, how to use the navigation panel to carry out simple queries on various artifacts, the online help system, and some frequent uses of Authorization Policy Manager.

This information is presented in the following sections:

3.1 The Two Major Tabs

Authorization Policy Manager contains the following three major tabs:

3.1.1 The Authorization Management Tab

The Authorization Management tab is used to search and maintain security artifacts. For details, see Chapter 4, "Querying Security Artifacts," and Chapter 5, "Managing Security Artifacts."

3.1.2 The System Configuration Tab

The System Configuration tab is used to specify delegated administrators, that is, to define the external roles that can manage a prescribed set of applications. For details, see Chapter 6, "Delegated Administration."

3.2 The Welcome Page

Upon a successful log in, Authorization Policy Manager displays the Welcome page, partially illustrated in Figure 3-1. This page contains is divided into the following areas:

Figure 3-1 The Welcome Page

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3.3 The Navigation Panel

The navigation panel help users finding security artifacts by browsing or searching. For details about using the navigation panel to search, see Finding Artifacts with a Simple Search.

The navigation panel, partially illustrated in Figure 3-2, is a collapsible and expandable panel that contains, from top to bottom, the following UI gadgets:

Figure 3-2 The Navigation Panel

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3.4 Finding Artifacts with a Simple Search

The top of the navigation panel, shown in Figure 3-2, is used to specify simple queries. Advanced queries are also available; for details see Chapter 4, "Querying Security Artifacts."

To specify a simple search, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the search scope from the pull-down list at the top of the navigation panel.

  2. Select the object type to search from the pull-down list second from the top. The list of available object types varies according to the search scope selected.

    If you select Resource Instance (on an application), you must also select the Resource Type from the pull-down list next to the object type box.

  3. Enter a string to match in the text box, possibly using the wildcard characters % or * (the wild character matches any character in the pattern).

    The search returns all names and display names of the object type selected that match the specified string; leave this box empty to obtain the list of all objects of the specified type.

  4. Click the Go button to trigger the search and to display the results in the tab Search Results, which is automatically brought to the foreground when the search is completed. Positioning the cursor on the blue information button next to an item displays the item details. The Search Results tab shows at most the first 200 matches found by the search.

  5. Once an item is selected in the Search Results, it can be opened or edited by clicking Open or Edit at the top of the table.

Figure 3-3 illustrates the results of a simple search on roles for an application and the details of an application role returned by the simple search.

Figure 3-3 The Search Results Tab

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3.5 Online Help

To access online help documentation, on the upper right corner of any window, click Help to bring up the help window, partially illustrated in Figure 3-4.

In this window, you can select the documentation to view by choosing an item from the pull-down Book box. Selecting Authorization Policy Manager Online Help displays several topics in the online documentation; selecting Administrator's Guide for Authorization Policy Manager displays the table of contents of this guide.

Also you can search for a string in a displayed page (Find in Page) or within either of the two books available (select book and use Search).

Figure 3-4 Online Help Window

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3.6 Some Frequently Used Operations

The following scenarios describe frequent uses of Authorization Policy Manager: