Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Deployment Planning Guide

Determining Data Sources and Ownership

The first step in categorizing existing data is to identify where that data comes from and who owns it.

Identifying Data Sources

To identify the data to be included in your directory, locate and analyze existing data sources.

Determining Data Ownership

Data ownership refers to the person or organization that is responsible for ensuring that data is up-to-date. During the data design phase, decide who can write data to the directory. Common strategies for determining data ownership include the following:

As you determine who can write to the data, you might find that multiple individuals require write access to the same information. For example, an information systems or directory management group should have write access to employee passwords. You might also want all employees to have write access to their own passwords. While you generally must give multiple people write access to the same information, try to keep this group small and easy to identify. Small groups help to ensure your data’s integrity.

For information about setting access control for your directory, see Chapter 7, Directory Server Access Control, in Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Administration Guide and How Directory Server Provides Access Control in Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Reference.

Distinguishing Between User and Configuration Data

To distinguish between data used to configure Directory Server and other Java Enterprise System servers and the actual user data stored in the directory, do the following: