Sun Java Communications Suite 5 Deployment Planning Guide

Methods of Controlling Instant Messaging End User and Administrator Privileges

Different sites using Instant Messaging server have different needs in terms of enabling and restricting the type of access end users have to the Instant Messaging service. The process of controlling end user and administrator Instant Messaging server features and privileges is referred to as policy management. You choose from two methods of policy management: through access control files or through Sun Java System Access Manager.

If your deployment does not include Access Manager, you must use the access control file method to manage policies. If you are using Access Manager with Instant Messaging, and you have installed the Instant Messaging and Presence services components, you can use either of the policy management methods. Managing policies using Access Manager is a more comprehensive method. One advantage of this method is that it allows you to store all end-user information in the directory.

For more information, see Chapter 17, Managing Instant Messaging and Presence Policies, in Sun Java System Instant Messaging 7.2 Administration Guide.