Sun Identity Manager 8.1 Business Administrator's Guide

The User Admin Role

Identity Manager includes a built-in admin role, named User Admin Role. By default, it has no assigned capabilities or controlled organization assignments. It cannot be deleted. This admin role is implicitly assigned to all users (end-users and administrators) at login time, regardless of the interface they log in to (for example, user, administrator, console, or Identity Manager IDE).

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For information about creating an admin role for service provider users, see Delegated Administration for Service Provider Users in ChapterChapter 17, Service Provider Administration.

You can edit the User Admin Role through the Administrator interface (select Security, and then select Admin Roles).

Because any capabilities or controlled organizations that are statically assigned through this admin role are assigned to all users, it is recommended that the assignment of capabilities and controlled organizations be done through rules. This will enable different users to have different (or no) capabilities, and assignments will be scoped depending on factors such as who they are, which department they are in, or whether they are managers, which can be queried for within the context of the rules.

The User Admin Role does not deprecate or replace the use of the authorized=true flag used in workflows. This flag is still appropriate in cases where the user should not have access to objects accessed by the workflow, except when the workflow is executing. Essentially, this lets the user enter a run as superuser mode.

There may be cases, however, where a user should have specific access to one or more objects outside of (and potentially inside of) workflows. In these cases, using rules to dynamically assign capabilities and controlled organizations allows for fine-grain authorization to those objects.