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  • Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS3 ( New Features

    Posted by "" in "Oracle" on 2015-05-29


    In the previous post, we explored the new features added in Oracle Privileged Account Manager which is part of the Patch Set 3 release of Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite. This post focuses on the Oracle Unified Directory We will get an overview of the new features added in this release.


    Following are the new features added in Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS3:
    1. Attribute Masking in Audit Logs – Oracle Unified Directory enables to mask certain attributes such as user passwords in audit logs. These masked values are showed by five-asterick string (*****).
    2. Linux Crypt Algorithm – User passwords can now be encoded using using Crypt algorithm mechanism which allows multiple algorithm under the same Crypt password storage scheme
    3. Virtual Attributes – The values of the virtual attributes are dynamically generated and are not stored in persistent storage. With this release, there is an addition of new virtual attribute – Password Expiration Time which contains the time after which the user’s password expires.
    4. Server Metrics in ODSM – ODSM is enhanced to provide specific performance metrics for each server instance, like usage since startup, current usage and cache usage etc.
    5. Native Replication with Sun DSEE 6.3 – Sun DSEE can be integrated with Oracle Unified Directory for seamless replication.
    6. Join Between Multiple Directories – It is possible to provide a virtual directory view of multiple repositories using a Join Workflow element.
    7. Database Connector – Using RDBMS Workflow element and Oracle Unified Directory proxy instance, identity data from a database can be exposed as LDAP entries.
    8. Improved Performance with Large Static Groups – This version handles large static groups more efficiently than the previous ones. It gives much improved performance of static groups with more than 100,000 entries by enabling FIFO Group Entry cache
    9. Selective Attribute Caching – Selective attribute caching greatly improves the performance of the directory by caching frequently used attributes called as Regular Attributes. Cold attributes are not cached as they are rarely used.


    There are a good number of enhancements around security, graphical user interface, virtual directory and performance. We will explore these features in coming few days.


    One thought on “Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS3 ( New Features”

    1. Saravn says:

      As you have mentioned It is possible to provide a virtual directory view of multiple repositories using a Join Workflow element.

      Question is: The main purpose of OVD is to join Multiple directories since this feature added in OUD, so can we consider OVD features are replacement of OUD?

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