ForgeRock® Directory Services Deep Dive


ForgeRock® Directory Services Deep Dive

This course takes students from a high-level understanding of how the ForgeRock® Directory Services (DS) works to a fully functional directory deployment, where they learn how to implement the many features of DS. It provides students with the knowledge and concepts necessary to successfully manage their own deployment. It is accepted that this course is not able to demonstrate all the features and capabilities of DS. Further information and guidance can be found in the documentation and knowledge base in the online repositories at Backstage.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive the DS Core electronic badge that you see pictured.

Note: Revision A of this course is based on version 7.2 of ForgeRock Directory Services.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Provide a technical introduction to the infrastructure, concepts, features, and components of DS.
  • Create and manage data stores, measure performance, and troubleshoot directory servers.

The target audiences for this course include:

  • ForgeRock Directory Service Administrators
  • ForgeRock Access Management Administrators
  • ForgeRock Identity Management Administrators
  • System Integrators
  • System Consultants
  • System Architects
  • System Developers

The following are the prerequisites for successfully completing this course:

  • Knowledge of UNIX/Linux commands.
  • A basic understanding of how directory servers function.
  • A basic understanding of REST and HTTP.
  • A basic knowledge of Java based environments would be beneficial, but no programming experience is required.
  • Completion of the ForgeRock® Product Essentials courses for Directory Services, Access Management, and Identity Management

Chapter 1: Accessing Directory Services

A technical introduction to the infrastructure, concepts, features, and components of DS.

Lesson 1: Introducing ForgeRock Directory Services

Explore DS components and understand the LDAP data model:

  • Describe ForgeRock Directory Services

Lesson 2: Interacting With Directory Servers

Access directory servers and perform operations over LDAP and HTTP:

  • Send LDAP requests
  • Prepare the lab environment
  • Perform LDAP operations
  • Introduce REST to LDAP
  • Explore the API configuration
  • Configure REST access
  • Explain common REST operations
  • Use the REST API to manage directory data

Chapter 2: Maintaining Directory Servers

Create and manage data stores, measure performance, and troubleshoot directory servers.

Lesson 1: Managing the Configuration

Locate the DS configuration data and use directory server tools to manage configuration data:

  • Explore configuration data
  • Prepare the lab environment
  • Explore the configuration and manage the server state
  • Manage data stores
  • Configure backends
  • Manage indexes
  • Configure indexes

Lesson 2: Populating Data Stores

Customise directory server schema to add custom attributes, and then import entries to populate a data store:

  • Extend the schema
  • Implement custom schema
  • Import entries
  • Populate a backend data store
  • Manage virtual attributes
  • Configure virtual attributes

Lesson 3: Protecting DS Data

Understand DS security features, implement access control, manage password policies, and delegate administration:

  • Describe security features
  • Replace server certificates
  • Describe access control
  • Configure access control
  • Delegate administration
  • Configure delegated administration
  • Explore password policies
  • Configure password policies

Lesson 4: Backing Up and Restoring Data

Back up and restore directory server data:

  • Explain how to back up and restore data
  • Back up and restore data

Lesson 5: Measuring Performance

Understand performance requirements and settings that may be tuned to improve directory server performance:

  • Explain settings that affect performance
  • Tune the JE DB cache and generate performance tests

Lesson 6: Troubleshooting

Configure log files, collect troubleshooting data for ForgeRock Support, and monitor a DS deployment with Prometheus and Grafana:

  • Explore log files
  • Manage log files
  • Explain how to collect data for support
  • Collect data for support
  • Monitor a DS deployment
  • Observe monitoring metrics

Chapter 3: Deploying Directory Services

Understand how to deploy directory servers, and directory proxy servers, manage replication, upgrade DS servers, and configure the DS password synchronization plugin.

Lesson 1: Installing Directory Servers

Install directory servers for custom and ForgeRock® Identity Platform (Identity Platform) product deployments:

  • Prepare for a directory server installation
  • Prepare the lab environment
  • Install a directory server
  • Prepare directory servers for Identity Platform installations
  • Prepare directory servers for ForgeRock® Access Management (AM)
  • Set up a directory server as a ForgeRock® Identity Management (IDM) repository
  • Optional Synchronize passwords with IDM
  • Optional Synchronize DS passwords with IDM

Lesson 2: Replicating Data

Implement high availability for directory servers and maintain, monitor, and restore a replicated directory server topology:

  • Plan for replication
  • Install a replicated topology
  • Monitor and maintain a replicated topology
  • Monitor replication

Lesson 3: Upgrading DS Servers

Prepare for and perform an upgrade of directory servers in a DS 6.5.5 replicated topology to version DS 7.2:

  • Describe upgrade options
  • Upgrade DS 6 servers to DS 7

Lesson 4: Installing Directory Proxy

Understand the role of directory proxy (DP) servers and install DP servers to provide a single point of entry to directory servers:

  • Introduce DP servers
  • Install DP servers
  • Provide a single point of access to replicas

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