Month: January 2010

Migrating Oracle 11g IdM from (R0) to (R1) #IdM #Oracle

Several months ago I installed Oracle IdM 11g ( … I’ll call it Release 0 (zero).  I don’t know if it is officially called R0 but that will do for now.  This was a development environment.  We were holding off on installing R1 due to time constraints but have finally run into enough issues that we had to make the time.  Well, I am making the time (it’s 1AM right now).  I am planning on working through the migration from R0 to R1 and hopefully have it ready for use by tomorrow morning.   The two components that need to be upgraded our Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Oracle Virtual Directory.  With 11g you have to upgrade Weblogic as well … so that is on my list for tonight also.

Our most compelling reason for upgrading is one particular plugin that has become available in OVD in R1.  That plugin is the ForkJoin Plugin as described from the Administration Guide:

“Supported only for Join View Adapters, the ForkJoin plug-in allows you to search against the primary adapter and/or secondary adapters in a Join View. During LDAP search, when a search filter contains one or more attributes that are available only in secondary adapter, without this plug-in, Oracle Virtual Directory cannot return Joined entries that satisfies the filter, as the entire search filter is sent only to the primary adapter. Using the ForkJoin Plug-in, Oracle Virtual Directory can search on attributes only in the primary adapter, only in the secondary adapter, and in both the primary and secondary adapters.”

According to the migration documentation from Oracle the upgrade process is actually a near complete reinstall and then a data migration. We have a lot of Oracle Access Manager Policies that are stored in OID and a few virtual dynamic groups stored in OVD. I am more concerned about the policies because of the time it took to implement.

Migration Steps

Step 1: Backups of course.

For backing up OID I just started at the root suffix and did an ldif export (from Apache Directory Studio).

Step 2: Install new Weblogic Home

Step 3: Install R1 components (OID, OVD)

When running the installer, make sure to select, “Install Software – Do Not Configure”. The Patch Assistant will migrate the middle-tier configuration. I noticed that when I selected, “Do not configure”, that the installer didn’t ask which components to install.

Step 4: Using the Patch Assistant to migrate schemas/data

Update the file with:







Interestingly enough the attribute Schemaprefix is marked as “optional” in the patchmaster file but the ant process complained that that attribute was null. I put “ODS” and it stopped complaining.

Create a WebLogic Domain for

Run the MW_HOME/oracle_common/common/bin/

Migrating the Domain

Type: ant master-patch-domain

Migrating an Instance

Type: ant master-patch-oinstance

Register the Instance

Type: ant master-register-oinstance

At this point I am getting an error because I missed the part that said, “Before registering the instance, ensure that your Administration Server is up and running”. I am searching for the new “” file but not able to find it. Strange! [time: 3:49 am]

At 4:15 AM I realized that I had skipped the part on creating the Weblogic Domain for so, I went back and did that.

The migration completed successful but it looks like there is some cleanup that needs to be done. OID is not responding. OVD looks like it migrated successfully. I was able to log in and see the dynamic groups that I had created in the previous version.

[This is where I left off. I am planning on picking this up later today or tomorrow to complete the migration. I will update the post with the final details for migration.]

Step 5: Test new instances (Does OAM still work? Is all of the appropriate data available via OVD?)

Step 6: Decommission R0

UPDATE (02/05/2010)

I finally found that I had made a mistake with my file by leaving off “ODSM and OPMN” from the components list.  I ended up redoing the install and it worked perfectly.  Here is what the file should look like:

patchMaster.Componentlist=OID,OVD,ODSM,OPMN (note: acme1 is the service name)

patchMaster.Schemauser= System











Oracle Access Manager Implementation (Best Practice) #oam #idm #oracle

I can’t stress enough how important it is to know the sites/applications that you are trying to protect with OAM before you get started with an implementation. I know that this seems like an obvious statement but it’s really common to start implementing before you have discovered all of the information about the site/application.

You should have documented the hostname, urls, ports, authentication requirements (u/p, smart card, securid, etc), the authorization rules (aka entitlements or who is allowed to access each resource and under what conditions.). I have seen several times an integrator run ahead with the installation only to find out mid-way that they haven’t downloaded the right webgate or that they didn’t know that a particular application had multiple authentication requirements.

Spend the time at the start of the project to identify all of the application requirements, make sure that you have documented the requirements and then have them vetted by the application owner … before you start implementing.

Starting the OID Replica Server

For two-way LDAP replication, you must start the Oracle Internet Directory replication servers at both the sponsor replica and the new replica, as follows:

Start or restart the replication server at the sponsor replica. Type:

  1. Log into the sponsor server as oracle
  2. oidctl server=oidrepld connect=oiddb instance=1 flags=”-h supplier_hostname -p 3060″ start

Start the replication server at the new replica. Type:

  1. Log into the consumer replica server  as oracle
  2. oidctl server=oidrepld connect=oiddb instance=1 flags=”-h consumer_hostname -p 3060″ start

To check the status of the services:

oidctl connect=oiddb name=oid_1 status

which results in this:

| Process      |  PID   | InstName   | CompName  | Inst# | Port | Sport  |
| oidmon       |   7365 |      oid_1 |      oid1 |       |      |        |
| oidldapd disp|   7432 |      oid_1 |      oid1 |      1| 3060 |   3131 |
| oidldapd serv|   7463 |      oid_1 |      oid1 |      1| 3060 |   3131 |
| Config   DN  | cn=oid1,cn=osdldapd,cn=subconfigsubentry                |
| oidrepld     |  15836 |      oid_1 |      oid1 |      1| 3060 |   3131 |

Installing Oracle Identity Federation 11g R1 (w/Weblogic

Install Oracle Identity Federation 11g R1

  1. Log in as “oracle” and type:
    1. Type: ./runInstaller -ignoreSysPrereqs


  2. Follow the instructions in the following screenshots:



Click on Next



Keep the default (Install and Configure) and click on Next













Passw0rd1    Passw0rd1










Intall Weblogic server 11g (

  1. Install Oracle WebLogic Server and Create the Oracle Middleware Home
    1. As root, type: ./wls1032_linux32.bin
    2. Complete the instructions with the following screenshots:

Click Next

Specify the Middleware Home Directory and click on Next

Unless you want email from Oracle, then uncheck the “I wish to receive security updates from My Oracle Support”

Click on Yes

I chose Typical

I kept the defaults and clicked on Next

Again, kept the defaults and clicked on Next

Waiting …

Click “Done” (suggestion: You can uncheck the Run Quickstart and skip the next screen)