Sun Identity Manager 8.1 Business Administrator's Guide

Understanding User Types

Identity Manager provides two user types: Identity Manager Users and Service Provider Users, if you configure your Identity Manager system for a service provider implementation. These types enable you to distinguish users that might have different provisioning requirements based on their relationship with your company, for example extranet users compared with intranet users.

A typical scenario for a service provider implementation is a service provider company with internal users and external users (customers) that it wants to manage with Identity Manager. For information about configuring a service provider implementation, see Sun Identity Manager Service Provider 8.1 Deployment.

You specify the Identity Manager user type when you configure a user account. For more information about service provider users, see Chapter 17, Service Provider Administration