eMail Configuration in Sailpoint IdentityIQ

eMail communication has revolutionized the way we communicate. A tool/facility introduced for simple communications is now considered more formal and legal. For a long time deep linking, in simple terms, embedding buttons with logic to provide email based decisions has been prevalent.

There is nothing better than sending a direct link to a page where one needs to take an action, in an email. Especially for something which needs urgent attention.

 

Sailpoint’s IdentityIQ provides the functionality to notify users through Emails. We may also have Emails with embedded URL which provides direct access to pages in IdentityIQ.

In the following presentation, a detailed overview of Email Configurations and use of Emails in IdentityIQ is presented.

Following is the demo on Email notifications with URLs embedded in mails, which provides direct access to pages in IdentityIQ.

 

Solved: “HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value”

Environment:

OS: Oracle Linux 7.0

Java: jdk1.8

DB: Oracle Database 11G R2

DB Installed mode: Single Instance Server

 

Problem Statement:

A connection to an Oracle database, via CLI mode, may be achieved using the following commands in a Linux Shell.

Start the listener by typing below command:

>lsnrctl start

Start the database by typing below command:

>sqlplus sys as sysdba

>startup

Error:

Error 46 initializing SQL*Plus
HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value
SP2-1502: The HTTP proxy server specified by http_proxy is not accessible.

HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value error

Error: HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value

 

Reasoning:

In the above error message, “HTTP proxy server specified by http_proxy variable”, the specified value is incorrect.The error may have occurred because sqlplus uses the http_proxy and no_proxy environment variables to determine if proxy is used. To bypass the proxy settings, both these values need to be unset or exported.

http_proxy: Specify the value to use as the HTTP proxy for all connections.

For example: http_proxy=“http://proxy.mycompany.com:8080”

no_proxy: Determine hosts that should bypass the proxy.

For example: no_proxy=localhost, mycompany.com, 192.168.0.10:80 so it can’t access this proxy.

 

Solution

First check the proxy settings , it should be correct value or unset it if no proxy is needed. SQL*Plus may get the proxy name from the environment variable http_proxy.This problem could be resolved by using the following commands –

>unset http_proxy

>unset no_proxy

Or

>export http_proxy=

>export no_proxy=

 

HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value issue resolved

Sailpoint – Service Now Integration

Ticketing systems form a great part of any enterprise’s IT infrastructure. Service Now is a global leader in cloud based ticketing systems and has been playing a visionary role in ITSM and ITOM.

Sailpoint integration with Service Now provides a great value when direct provisioning from Sailpoint is not possible.

It streamlines the manual provisioning by raising tickets on Service Now for provisioning. This provides a great visibility and accountability in the IT environments.

 

In the following presentation, we provide a detailed overview of Service Now integration with Sailpoint:

The following is a demo of various types of Service Now integrations that are supported by Sailpoint:

Design Patterns for Programmers

In 1986, Chernobyl was the result of bad designs/coding. Huge disasters in the world happen due to naive and inappropriate logic built into systems.

From a refrigerator to your car, a mobile to a rocket, everything runs on a microprocessor. It is a logic builder’s responsibility to take care of some cliched issues that might crash the entire system.

In 1995 at Sun Microsystems design patterns were developed by visionaries christened as GOF (gang of four).

This Video blog is an attempt to lucidly present the design patterns, which have to be considered by every programmer, irrespective of platform of development, for impeccable results.

In this presentation, we spoke about almost all the design patterns which are mostly used in Software Development.In a nutshell, the following are the various aspects of design patterns covered as part of the video:

  1. Creational Design Pattern – 7 design patterns.
  2. Structural Design Pattern – 6 design patterns.
  3. Behavioral Design Pattern -11 design patterns.

 

 

Sailpoint – Refresh Identity Cubes

In Sailpoint’s Identity IQ Refresh Identity Cubes” is one among the most important internal tasks. Refresh Identity Cubes helps in building 360 degree purview of an identity based on all the data aggregated from external sources.

The following video is an extensive discussion on various aspects of Refresh Identity Cubes.

The various aspects that are covered as part of this video are:

  1. Mechanisms to filter the identities to be considered for Refresh.
  2. Various options in the Refresh Identity Cubes.
  3. Using Multi-threading to improve the performance

 

 

 

 

Sailpoint Unix Integration

Unix is the mother of all operating systems and also is the foundation for Tim Berner Lee’s invention.

Every enterprise has a huge Unix foot print spanning across thousands of servers running various legacy applications.

As part of the mammoth task of securing the IT environments, securing the Unix servers would be the first step.

At ENH iSecure, we thrive to achieve complete and impeccable solutions leaving nothing to chance.
As a part of these efforts, we are speaking about Identity Governance in Unix with the help of Sailpoint’s IIQ.

The following is a video where we speak about governance of Unix using Sailpoint’s IIQ.

The following is a demo on Unix integration with Sailpoint.

IdentityIQ parallel and serial approvals

 Introduction

Out of the box Sailpoint’s IdentityIQ provides numerous workflows for provisioning, we can implement our custom workflows according to the necessity. Similarly, parallel and serial approvals are workflows used in an enterprise to manage the access of the user.

Requirement

In the world of IAM, one thing every developer should remember is that “Right thing must be accessed by the Right user at a Right time“, from the above sentence we can say that an access must be rightfully distributed to the user.

In this requirement a user in an enterprise requested an entitlement or role using IdentityIQ then that access must be approved by the work groups which are maintaining that privilege.

Understanding parallel and serial approvals in IdentityIQ

The following video illustrates about parallel and serial approvals.

Working demo of parallel and serial approvals

The following video demonstrates how parallel and serial approvals accomplishes.

 

 

 

Data loading into Active Directory using a simple java program

  • Data loading into Active Directory implies creating AD Accounts and corresponding Exchange mailbox accounts using employee data existing in a database.
  • Java program is developed in a fashion which reads the credentials from XML, retrieves employee data from the database, creates an account with a default password in active directory and enables the account as well.
  • The PowerShell script is executed to create exchange accounts for all the users.

Requirement schematic

  • The below process flow diagram explains the requirement lucidly.

requirement


Demo

  • The working demo of this program is embedded.


Documentation and Code

The Documentation and Code for above demo can be downloaded from following links.


 

Solving problem SailPoint IdentityIQ “Mark Invalid Error”

Problem description 

When we try to correlate the accounts into SailPoint’s identityIQ using multiple authoritative sources the following
exception may arise.

Why this happens

The main reason for this error is ambiguity of accounts. After the account aggregation task completed when we try to run the task refresh identity cubes. Task is not running and error is displays as Task stopped by user. When you see the log file there a exception named Mark Invalid.

 

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Case 1

The main cause for this error is, If you have added more than one authoritative sources marked for one identity. The following exception will arise. that means you have added two Authoritative sources representing the same data if run the aggregation task the accounts will be populated with their name then If we perform refresh identity cubes task the accounts will not linked its respective manager account because there will be an ambiguity between two accounts which has to be correlate as manager account.

Case 2

In other cases if you have any accounts or identities not properly deleted.

Solution

The solution I found is to get backup of the rules and application into a xml file using the console.Shutdown the application server and drop all the tables in database using the sql scripts provided by identityIQ then create the tables using the scripts. Import the init.xml using the iiq console.Then import the xml file which represents the application object. Then if you run the aggregation and correlation tasks you can see that all the identities and their managers are correlated in identity warehouse.