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Matthew Pollicove

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It's been a while since I posted here, but it's not because I'm not working on NetWeaver IDM or writing. I've been doing a lot of the former and a bit of the latter.  In order to help promote the growth of a NW IDM technical knowledge base, I've been posting most of my IDM specific things on the SAP Community Network Blog. I'll still be posting here from time to time, but it will more likely be architectural or opinion related pieces about IDM. To that point I'd like to talk about the seldom discussed Virtual Directory Server. I've always loved VDS and it's MaXware predecessor, MVD. There's just so much this product can do. While most of the SAP world is familiar with the Virtual Directory as a Web Services proxy for GRC or use with HCM, it is so powerful and flexible that it can do everything from provisioning to authorization and authentication management, to repre... (more)

Dispatcher Errors

Recently when working on a new QA system based on a copy of the PROD database when I encountered an error that I had never seen before when starting up the first dispatcher. I highlighted it below: Running MxDispatcher_d1. [21.09.2011 18:37:19-539] - Initialized log for com.sap.idm.ic.services.api.MXMCApi. Log level is Debug MxDispatcher version: Built: 07.06.2011 16:20:24 (c) Copyright 2008 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Java VM: Sun Microsystems Inc.   Version: 1.5.0_22 Java home: C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.5.0_22\jre Java lib/ext: C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.5.0_22... (more)

Triskadecaphobia, Halloween and IdM

Want to know what scares people? Well here's a list of thirteen things that Covisint's CSO, David Miller is scared of, and as an Identity Management professional, I'm right there with him. It's a light-hearted article, but it does give a very good list of concerns which can form the nucleus of that discussion with your CIO / CEO / CFO when they ask, so why do we need Identity Management anyway, particularly when I could be spending the few IT dollars I give you on things that make us money???? ... (more)

IdM vs IAM

I've actually been thinking about this for a while after several conversations and then reading a blog entry by Earl Perkins of Gartner, Which made me realize that it is time to bring this discussion into the open. All too often IdM (Identity Management) and IAM are used interchangeably and this a not a good thing. Let's break it all down: Identity Management had to do with the creation, maintenance and eventual retiring of enterprise accounts. Many people, myself included have discussed this concept in blog entries, presentations, white papers and other forms of media. Sometimes, ... (more)

SECUDE’s Secure Login Client Version 5.0 Enables Windows 7 Support

Security Journal on Ulitzer The need for an easy single, yet secure, login procedure has always been an elusive issue for many big organizations. Multiple user names and passwords, multiple logins, and the ensuing confusion and frustration consume much of a user's productivity in terms of time and energy. Secure Login Secure Login provides secure Single Sign-On and total landscape encryption for SAP supporting a variety of different authentication mechanisms including Active Directory, LDAP, SAP-ID, RADIUS, RSA SecurID®, SQL DB, and even smart cards. Secure Login is tightly inte... (more)