WebLogic Console and BPM Worklist. Authentication using OpenLDAP by Maarten Smeets

clip_image002In this blog I will illustrate how you can configure Weblogic Server to use OpenLDAP as authentication provider and to allow OpenLDAP users to login to the Oracle BPM Worklist application. In a previous blog I have already shown how to do Weblogic Authentication with ApacheDS (LDAP and Weblogic; Using ApacheDS as authentication provider for Weblogic). In this blog I will use OpenLDAP to also do BPM Worklist authentication.


Why use OpenLDAP?

Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS) supports the use of several authentication providers. See: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23943_01/core.1111/e10043/devuserole.htm#JISEC2474. OpenLDAP is the only open source provider available in this list.

  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Novell eDirectory
  • Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle Internet Directory
  • Oracle Virtual Directory
  • OpenLDAP
  • Oracle WebLogic Server Embedded LDAP Directory
  • Microsoft ADAM
  • IBM Tivoli

When you can use a certain provider for Weblogic authentication, this does not automatically mean you also use this user in Fusion Middleware applications which use JPS such as the BPM Worklist application. Possible authentication providers in Weblogic Server cover a wider range of servers and mechanisms than can be used in JPS out of the box.

What causes this limitation? Well, most Fusion Middleware Applications (all as far as I’ve seen) can only look at the first LDAP provider for authentication. This is usually the default authenticator (Weblogic Embedded LDAP server). When I add another LDAP authenticator, it will be ignored. The solution is straightforward; use a single LDAP. Of course if you don’t want that, you can also virtualize several LDAPs and offer them as a single LDAP for the application to talk to. The most common solutions for this are; Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD, http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E12839_01/oid.1111/e10036/basics_10_ovd_what.htm) and LibOVD. Oracle Virtual Directory is a separate product. LibOVD is provided with Weblogic Server but does not have its own web-interface and is limited in functionality (and configuration is more troublesome in my opinion). When (for example for ApacheDS) you specify the generic LDAPAuthenticator and not a specific one such as for OpenLDAP, you need to specify an idstore.type in the jps-config.xml in DOMAINDIR\config\fmwconfig. This idstore.type is limited to the list below: Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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