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Novell eDirectory 8.8 as UME Data source for EP– Part II

As explained in the previous blog Novell eDirectory8.8 natively supports the directory standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) 3
and provides support for TLS/SSL services. This blog explains the configuration details for making UME to use Novell eDirectory 8.8 as its data source.

Step 1:  Make UME and Novell talk through SSL

Import the trusted root certificate of Novell edirectory8.8 into the key store of trusted Certification Authorities of the J2EE Engine. For this, you should have downloaded the root certificate from Novell e-directory 8.8 LDAP server.


STEP 2:  Configuring  UME to use  Novell LDAP Server

a)       Start the config tool.

b)       Enter the connection details for Novell e-directory 8.8 LDAP data source.

LDAP server type                      –           NOVELL.

Server Name                              –           Host of the Novell Directory Server.

Server Port                                 –           Port of the Novell LDAP server.

                                                               Note: Give 636 as we are using SSL.

User                                            –           Distinguished Name(DN) of user to bind

                                                                  to Novell LDAP server.

                                                                  Ex: cn=Admin,ou=ume,o=organization.

Password                                    –           Password of the User used for binding.

User path                                    –           Distinguished Name of the branch of  the

                                                                  Tree where the user information resides.

                                                                  Ex : ou=users,o=organization.

Group Path                                 –             Distinguished Name of the branch of the tree

                                                                  where the group information resides.

                                                                     Ex : ou=groups,o=organization.

All these information depends upon how you have created the Tree in your eDirectory.

c)       In the configuration file list box, choose the file appropriate to Novell e-directory.

(Ex: dataSourceConfiguration_novell_ not_readonly_db.xml). You may choose deep

Or flat hierarchy based on your requirements.


d)       Check the option for SSL.

e)       Apply the changes and choose “Save”.

f)         Restart the java application server.

Note: All cluster elements SHOULD BE shut down before starting the configuration.


STEP 3 – Test the Configuration

In order to login into portal using the users from Novell LDAP data source, we should assign appropriate roles for them in portal.

a)       Go to – > User Administration -> Search. Search for an userid residing in Novell eDirectory.

b)       Assign the user from eDirectory to a group and role in Portal.

c)       Login to portal using the user id from Novell LDAP data source.



d)   If the login is successful, then you are done with the configuration. Else recheck the Configurations described in STEP 1 and STEP 2.

With UME configured to use Novell eDirectory 8.8, we can leverage NDS to maintain all user specific information to be used by portal.

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