Sailpoint IdentityIQ’s Transient workflows and their advantages

Quicklinks are usually used for faster access of specific functionalities. Often a “no delays” workflow where the start and end of the workflow happen within one single launch of quicklink shall be launched by quicklinks. Usually these kind of workflows involve custom Sailpoint forms which would not be useful once the user stops using this quick link by navigating to some other page.

Conventional workflow launches are serialized by storing the workflow cases as XML objects. This leads to many work items and workflow cases which are incomplete and hang around the Identity IQ over long run. This might lead to performance issues and unwanted data accumulated inside IIQ.

This problem could easily be solved using the transient workflows. The main feature of transient workflows is that they don’t get serialized.

Without the workflow getting serialized, we have specific advantages.

  1. Workflow cases which are inactive specific to this workflow shall not be generated.
  2. Work items that are generated do not get serialized and as a result we don’t have any unwanted work items related to this workflow in user’s inbox.

This would result in cleaner environment where we don’t have unnecessary data.

Extra perk with logging:

Workflow variables in Sailpoint are serialized in non-transient workflows. This means that we can store only the objects that Sailpoint has capability to store as XML object. Log4J loggers are very useful objects which are disqualified as workflow variables because of this restriction.

As the transient workflows do not try to serialize the objects referred by the variables, Logger objects can also be stored in the workflow variables.

This provides us the flexibility to maintain a workflow level logger variable to use your custom logging. Rather than instantiating the custom loggers whenever we require them, we can simply use the workflow variable whenever required.

Sailpoint Implementation: Referring Rule Libraries in Validation Scripts

Validation scripts are amongst the most common features while working with Sailpoint Identity IQ’s workflow forms. When we have common validation logic for multiple fields, it is always good to maintain this piece of logic in a separate rule library and call it from the validation script whenever required. This encourages modularity of the code and decreases code redundancy.


The way in which the name space of a validation script of a form in the workflow behaves is quite different from the rest of the workflow. Initial declaration of referenced libraries does well for referring the code in other parts of the workflow. But this does not work with validation scripts.


The following syntax should be used when we are using the rule referencing in validation scripts –



<Reference class=”sailpoint.object.Rule” name=”Rule-Library-Name”/>



// your code that calls some useful function in the rule library





Resolved : Manage Account Request Problem in SailPoint IIQ


SailPoint Version : 7.0, 7.1

Problem Statement:

Unable to request a new account for existing identity from Manage Accounts in SailPoint IIQ.

Problem : Account Request Option is not available


Solution :

Firstly we need to check the Lifecycle Manager Configurations, navigate to Lifecycle Manager and in Configure tab Search for Manage Accounts options :

Applications that support account only requests : Select all applications check box or specified application according to your requirement.

Solution part 1- Select all applications


Allow Manage Accounts Additional Account Requests : Enable
Allow Manage Existing Accounts : Enable
Allow Account Only Requests : Enable

–> If you are using higher version of SailPoint 6.4 then you will face problem in finding these 3 options to enable them.

Solution 1 :

For that you need to edit init-lcm.xml and import it again in iiq console. (This will effect pre-existing workflows and LCM Configuration. So, to avoid that follow Solution 2).

Follow these steps and pictures shown below for editing init-lcm.xml (Solution 1)

 Step 1: init-lcm.xml is present in ~identityIQ/WEB-INF/config/init-lcm.xml location. Make a copy of it and place it in a safe folder.


Now open init.xml and search for Manage Accounts under QuickLink tag.

In init.xml search Manage Account


Carefully observe 3 entries under Manage Accounts tag.

Original_init-lcm.xml of SailPoint 7.1 version


Step 2: Make few changes by enabling this options manually from false to true 3 times in Quicklink Manage Accounts tag as shown in the picture below.

<entry key=”allowManageAccountsAdditionalAccountRequests” value=”false” />
<entry key=”allowManageExistingAccounts” value=”true” />
<entry key=”allowAccountOnlyRequests” value=”false” />

After editing : <entry key=”allowManageAccountsAdditionalAccountRequests” value=”true” />
<entry key=”allowManageExistingAccounts” value=”true” />
<entry key=”allowAccountOnlyRequests” value=”true” />


After Editing Manage Accounts Configuration


Step 3: Now save it and import it in iiq console. By using command import init-lcm.xml. After importing observe following changes.

Step 4: Request Account option is available (Issue Resolved). Choose the application for account request. Submit the form.


Request Option Available Now 7.1

> Just for Reference in SailPoint 7.0  it will look like this as shown in the picture below.

Request Option Available in SailPoint 7.0



Step 5: Confirm Account Action . Click Confirm at the end of the page.

Confirm Account Request


Solution 2 :

You can get same results by configuring through Debug Pages.

Step 1: Go to Debug Page > Select object QuickLink from dropdown listChoose Manage Accounts.

Step 2: Follow same Step 2 in Solution 1.

Step 3: Request Account option is available (Issue Resolved).