Building your IAM project toolbox

New clients sometimes ask “what tools do I need to keep this new technology up and running”?

A basic tool kit for IDM or WAM environments is essential for making a successful project into a successful long term operation.

Here are a few basics I have collected over time.

New clients sometimes ask “what tools do I need to keep this new technology up and running”?

A basic tool kit for IDM or WAM environments is essential for making a successful project into a successful long term operation.

Here are a few basics I have collected over time.

For any LDAP access, you need an LDAP browser that can read any LDAP acessable directory. Apache Directory Studio fills that need and is available on just about any platform you might be running.

Apache Directory Studio LDAP browser is based on Eclipse, and can be had in two flavors. One is a stand alone installable program that requires only a system Java Run Time to function. Download, install, and run.

The second flavor is as a plug-in to your existing Eclipse installation. If you already use Eclipse for other work, this will add the LDAP browser capability.

Either way you go, you get an LDAP browser that is capable of working with any LDAP accessible directory.

Many IDM and WAM products run on Linux. Working with Linux requires different tools than a Window Server. Many applications use a command line installer that may or may not have a GUI component.

GUI access necessitates X-Windows capability to display. If you run a Mac, you should have it covered. PC’s do not come with any X-Windows capability. Xming provides that capability for PC’s and
I have been able to run Xming on all recent versions of the Windows OS here.

Start with the Public Domain version, and don’t forget the fonts. Get all the fonts because you never know what a vendor may use.

Of course, you cannot get to the X-Windows unless you have some way of accessing the Linux
Console. Once again, Mac users have that covered with Terminal. You can use telnet on a
PC, but a better method is via the old standby, Putty. No, this is not your Plumbers Putty,
but an SSH client that has stood the test of time.

This is the official site, grab a copy. There is no installation necessary, it just runs.

The next tool is something to transfer files back and forth between your PC and the
Linux systems. For this, the SCP secure protocol is used, and you need a program that
can do this reliably.

For the PC, I use WinSCP here.

This is another of those programs that has stood up over time. It allows you to drag and
drop files between systems. Even better, if you set it up to do so, you can have it
open and edit text files on the target system in your favorite text editor (more on those below).

For the Mac I like Cyberduck. I have tried a few others, but I keep coming back to this one here.

Must be the name…

Next up would be some text editors. Often this is a personal choice, there are many out there,
but here are a couple that I use.

For the PC, PSPad is a free and very capable editor available with many languages, here.

When I say languages, I refer both to spoken and programming languages. Highly versatile, and
very configurable. Much better than Notepad or Wordpad

For the Mac, I use TextWrangler, here.

Many of the same features, in a package for the Mac.

I have not done too many IDM projects where some type of SQL database was not involved. Most have their own client tools, but what if you wanted something that could handle them all? For that, I turn to the Squirrels… SQuirreL SQL, here.

You will need to obtain each vendors JDBC Type 4 driver to connect. I am a Novell IDM person, and I like this because I can use the same JDBC URL in SQuirreL as I do in the JDBC Driver. This gives me the same view of the data that the driver should see. SQuirreL is Java, so it works well on pretty much any desktop OS.

I did not intend to go into how to use these, maybe later. These are just a few available
tools to keep in your toolbox for system administration and maintenance. Remember, when
it comes to ideas on how to use these tools, Google is your friend.

Questions? Ask away at IDMWorks.