Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 Guide for Apache Tomcat 5.5 Servlet/JSP Container

Removal of J2EE Agent Dependency on LDAP and on Administrative Accounts

In the 2.2 release, certain restrictions have been removed as follows:

Removal of J2EE Agent Dependency on LDAP

Unlike previous releases, J2EE agents in the Policy Agent 2.2 release do not use a direct LDAP connection. Instead, J2EE agents obtain support for their entire functionality by communicating with Access Manager solely with XML over HTTP.

Benefit - Removal of Dependency on LDAP: The benefit of not having an LDAP dependency includes greater flexibility and scalability of deployments. Since J2EE agents no longer depend on LDAP connections, they do not require the opening of LDAP communication ports in firewalls, which was a requirement with certain deployment scenarios in prior J2EE agent releases. With the LDAP dependency removed, the 2.2 release of J2EE agents requires fewer configuration changes during installation in protected regions, such as in a demilitarized zone (DMZ), giving more deployment flexibility and easing administrative overhead. Removal of the LDAP dependency also ensures that LDAP server resources are focused to support Access Manager instances. A focus on Access Manager instances facilitates the sizing process by eliminating considerations about the load that an agent would require. This makes the deployment easily scalable and more flexible and provides the optimal utilization of deployed resources.

Removal of J2EE Agent Dependency on Administrative Accounts

With the authorization of administrators now being handled by an agent profile account, the dependence on two administrative accounts, the amAdmin account and the amldapuser account, has been removed. Now, during installation, the agent installer prompts you for the agent profile account.

Benefit - Removal of Dependency on Administrative Accounts: The benefit of not using the amAdmin or amldapuser administrative accounts is greater security. The 2.2 release of J2EE agents depends solely on a limited agent profile. This dependence does not rely on the existence of sensitive account information in the agent deployment configuration.