Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.0 Installation Guide

Configuration Overview

After installing the product, you must configure the product deployment, which includes:

This section provides an overview of the following configuration element concepts:

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For more information about configuration instructions, see Chapter 6, Configuring Core Resources.


A directory represents:

Synchronization Settings

You use synchronization settings to control the direction in which object creations, object deletions, password and other attribute modifications are propagated between Directory Server and Windows directories. Synchronization flow options are as follows:

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In a configuration that includes Active Directory and Windows NT, it is not possible to save a configuration that specifies different synchronization settings for creations or modifications between Windows NT and Directory Server, and between Active Directory and Directory Server.


When you configure resources, you will specify which entries to synchronize based on their objectclass. Object class(es) determine which attributes will be available to synchronize for both Directory Server and Active Directory.

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Objectclasses are not applicable for Windows NT

Identity Synchronization for Windows supports two types of objectclasses:

Attributes and Attribute Mapping

Attributes hold descriptive information about a user entry. Every attribute has a label, one or more values, and follows a standard syntax for the type of information that can be stored as the attribute value(s).

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You can define attributes from the Console. Instructions for defining attributes are provided in Chapter 6, Configuring Core Resources.

Attribute Types

Identity Synchronization for Windows synchronizes significant and creation user attributes, as follows:

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Significant attributes are automatically synchronized as creation attributes but not the other way around. Creation attributes are only synchronized during user creations.

Parameterized Attribute Default Values

Identity Synchronization for Windows allows you to create parameterized default values for creation attributes using other creation or significant attributes.

To create a parameterized default attribute value, you embed an existing creation or significant attribute name — preceded and followed by percent symbols ( %attribute_name%) — in an expression string. For example, homedir=/home/%uid% or cn=%givenName%. %sn%.

When you create these attribute default values:

Mapping Attributes

After you define the attributes, map the attribute names between the Directory Server and Active directory/Windows NT systems to synchronize them to each other. For example, you must map the Sun inetorgperson attribute to the Active Directory user attribute.

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You use attribute maps for both significant and creation attributes, and you must configure attribute maps for all “mandatory creation attributes” in each directory type.

Synchronization User Lists

You create Synchronization User Lists (SULs) to define specific users in both the Sun and Windows directories to be synchronized. These definitions enable synchronization of a flat Directory Information Tree (DIT) to a hierarchical directory tree.

The following concepts are used to define a Synchronization User List:

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See Appendix D, Defining and Configuring Synchronization User Lists for Identity Synchronization for Windows for detailed information about creating SULs.