Dynamic groups and nested group support


Dynamic and nested groups simplify WAS security management and increase its effectiveness and flexibility.

Dynamic groups contain a group name and membership criteria:

Nested groups enable the creation of hierarchical relationships that are used to define inherited group membership. A nested group is defined as a child group entry whose distinguished name (DN) is referenced by a parent group entry attribute.

You only need to assign a larger parent group if all nested groups share the same privilege. Assigning a role to a single parent group simplifies the run-time authorization table.

 

Dynamic groups and nested group support for the IBM Tivoli Directory Server

WAS supports all LDAP dynamic and nested groups when using IBM Tivoli Directory Server. This function is enabled by default by taking advantage of a new feature in IBM Tivoli Directory Server. IBM Tivoli Directory Server uses the ibm-allGroups forward-reference group attribute that automatically calculates all the group memberships including dynamic and recursive memberships for a user. Security directly locates a user group membership from a user object rather than indirectly search all the groups to match group members.

For more information, see Set dynamic and nested group support for the IBM Tivoli Directory Server.

 

Dynamic and nested group support for the SunONE or iPlanet Directory Server

The SunONE or iPlanet Directory Server uses two grouping mechanisms:

Groups

Entries that name other entries as a list of members or as a filter for members.

Roles

Entries that name other entries as a list of members or as a filter for members. Additional functionality is provided by generating the nsrole attribute on each role member.

Three types of roles are available:

Filtered roles

Depends upon the attributes that are contained in each entry. Entries are members, if they match a specified LDAP filter. This role is equivalent to a dynamic group.

Nested roles

Creates roles that contain other roles. This role is equivalent to a nested group.

Managed roles

Explicitly assigns a role to member entries. This role is equivalent to a static group.

Refer to Set dynamic and nested group support for the SunONE or iPlanet Directory Server for more information.



 

Related concepts


Standalone LDAP registries

 

Related tasks


Set dynamic and nested group support for the IBM Tivoli Directory Server
Set dynamic and nested group support for the SunONE or iPlanet Directory Server
Locating a users group memberships in LDAP
Use specific directory servers as the LDAP server