This blog post was first published @ www.fedji.com, included here with permission.
If it perplexes you the difference between an Identity Repository and an Authentication Repository (a.k.a Credential Repository) in ForgeRock OpenAM, maybe the video tutorial on this post can render some hint. It’s basic, so shouldn’t be difficult to understand, if you don’t know it already. Before getting to the video, let me mention here a couple of points:
OpenAM has the following repositories:
– Configuration Repository where the OpenAM Configuration Data is stored
– Identity Repository where the User Profiles are stored
– Authentication Repository or Credential Repository used by the ForgeRock to validate a User Credential
In the demonstration that follows, OpenAM connects to a MySQL Database for authenticating a User (Credential/Authentication Repository) and pulls up the User’s profile from an embedded OpenDJ instance (Identity Repository). If the User’s profile does not exist in the Identity Repository, OpenAM dynamically creates it.
(i) Configuration Repository that stores the OpenAM configuration data (ForgeRock OpenDJ)
(ii) Authentication Repository that’s used by OpenAM to Perform User Authentication (has more than 20 options out of the box)
(iii) Identity Repository that stores the User Profiles (has several options like LDAP v3, OpenDJ, AD, IBM’s Directory Server and Database [Eary Access])
Someone asked me the details on configuring a Database as the Identity Repository for ForgeRock OpenAM, so as soon as I got a chance, created the following screen-cast to demonstrate the use of MySQL Database as an Identity Repository for ForgeRock OpenAM. It’s fairly straightforward.