Sun Identity Manager 8.1 Resources Reference

Chapter 16 HP-UX

The HP-UX resource adapter is defined in the com.waveset.adapter.HPUXResourceAdapter class.

Adapter Details

Resource Configuration Notes

If you will be using SSH (Secure Shell) for communication between the resource and Identity Manager, set up SSH on the resource before configuring the adapter.

Identity Manager Installation Notes

No additional installation procedures are required on this resource.

Usage Notes

The HP-UX resource adapter primarily provides support for the following HP-UX commands:

For more information about supported attributes and files, refer to the HP-UX manual pages for these commands.

When a rename of a user account is executed on an HP-UX resource, the group memberships are moved to the new user name. The user’s home directory is also renamed if the following conditions are true:

The Bourne-compliant shell (sh, ksh) must be used as the root shell when connecting to a UNIX resource (AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, or Linux).

The administrative account that manages HP-UX accounts must use the English (en) or C locale. This can be configured in the user’s .profile file.

In environments in which NIS is implemented, you can increase performance during bulk provisioning by implementing the following features:

Do not use control characters (for example, 0x00, 0x7f) in user passwords.

Security Notes

This section provides information about supported connections and privilege requirements.

Supported Connections

Identity Manager uses the following connections to communicate with the HP-UX adapter.

For SSHPubKey connections, the private key must be specified on the Resource Parameters page. The key must include comment lines such as --- BEGIN PRIVATE KEY --- and --- END PRIVATE KEY --. The public key must be placed in the /.ssh/authorized_keys file on the server.

Required Administrative Privileges

The adapter supports logging in as a standard user, then performing a su command to switch to root (or root-equivalent account) to perform administrative activities. Direct logins as root user are also supported.

The adapter also supports the sudo facility (version 1.6.6 or later), which can be installed on HP-UX 11i from the HP-UX Internet Express CD. sudo allows a system administrator to give certain users (or groups of users) the ability to run some (or all) commands as root or another user.

In addition, if sudo is enabled for a resource, its settings will override those configured on the resource definition page for the root user.

If you are using sudo, you must set the tty_tickets parameter to true for the commands enabled for the Identity Manager administrator. Refer to the man page for the sudoers file for more information.

The administrator must be granted privileges to run the following commands with sudo:

User and Group Commands  

NIS Commands  

Miscellaneous Commands  


  • groupadd

  • groupdel

  • groupmod

  • last

  • listusers

  • logins

  • passwd

  • useradd

  • userdel

  • usermod

  • make

  • ypcat

  • ypmatch

  • yppasswd

  • awk

  • cat

  • chmod

  • chown

  • cp

  • cut

  • diff

  • echo

  • grep

  • ls

  • mv

  • rm

  • sed

  • sleep

  • sort

  • tail

  • touch

  • which

You can use a test connection to test whether

Note –

A test connection can use different command options than a normal provision run.

The adapter provides basic sudo initialization and reset functionality. However, if a resource action is defined and contains a command that requires sudo authorization, then you must specify the sudo command along with the UNIX command. (For example, you must specify sudo useradd instead of just useradd.) Commands requiring sudo must be registerd on the native resource. Use visudo to register these commands.

Provisioning Notes

The following table summarizes the provisioning capabilities of this adapter.



Enable/disable account 

HP-UX does not natively support Identity Manager enable and disable actions. Identity Manager simulates enabling and disabling accounts by changing the user password. The changed password is exposed on enable actions, but it is not exposed on disable actions.

As a result, enable and disable actions are processed as update actions. Any before or after actions that have been configured to operate on updates will execute. 

Rename account 


Pass-through authentication 


Before/after actions 


Data loading methods 

  • Import directly from resource

  • Reconcile with resource

You can define resource attributes to control the following tasks for all users on this resource:

Account Attributes

The following table lists the HP-UX user account attributes. These attributes are optional unless noted in the description. All attributes are Strings.

Resource User Attribute  

useradd Equivalent  




Required. The user’s login name. 


-c comment

The user’s full name. 


-d directory

The user’s home directory. Any value specified in this account attribute takes precedence over a value specified in the Home Base Directory resource attribute.


-e expiration date

Last date the account can be accessed. 


-g group

The user’s primary group. 


-f days

Number of days the account can be inactive before it is locked 


-G group

A comma-separated list of the user’s secondary group or groups. 

To enable a role to provision this attribute, you must add ’csv=true’ to the RoleAttribute element in the Role object XML.


-s /Path

The user’s login shell. 

If you are provisioning to an NIS master, the value of the user shell will be checked on the NIS master only. Checks against other machines the user may log on to will not be performed. 


Obtained from the last command. 

The date and time of the last login. This value is read-only. 


-u User ID

The user ID, in digit form. 

Resource Object Management

Identity Manager manages the following native HP-UX objects:

Resource Object  

Supported Features  

Attributes Managed  


Create, update, delete, rename, save as 

groupName, gid, users 

Identity Template


Sample Forms


Also Available



Use the Identity Manager debug pages to set trace options on the following classes: