The Case of the Mysteriously Creeping Database

While teaching a recent ForgeRock OpenDJ class, a student of mine observed an interesting behavior that at first seemed quite odd.  While rebuilding his attribute indexes, the student found that the overall database size seemed to grow each time he performed a reindex operation.  What seems obvious to me now sure made me scratch my head Read more

What do OpenDJ and McDonald’s Have in Common?

The OpenDJ directory server is highly scalable and can process all sorts of requests from different types of clients over various protocols.  The following diagram provides an overview of how OpenDJ processes these requests.  (See The OpenDJ Architecture for a more detailed description of each component.) Note:  The following information has been taken from ForgeRock’s OpenDJ Administration, Read more

The OpenDJ Architecture

An understanding of the components that make up the OpenDJ Architecture is useful for administering, configuring, or troubleshooting the OpenDJ server. The following information has been taken from ForgeRock’s OpenDJ Administration, Maintenance and Tuning Class and has been used with the permission of ForgeRock. The OpenDJ server has been developed using a modular architecture in which most Read more

A New Generation of Indentured Servitude

Your digital identity is comprised of information that you volunteer about yourself and information that is observed about you as you simply participate in life. You can (somewhat) control the personal data that you share with others, but have you ever wondered about the type of information that is gathered about you, how long it Read more

Unlocking the Mystery behind the OpenDJ User Database

One question that arises time and time again pertains to the manner in which OpenDJ stores it entry data and how this differs from the Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (previously known as Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition). The following information is from ForgeRock’s OpenDJ Administration, Maintenance and Tuning Class and has been used with the Read more

How Well Do Your Vendors Really Know You?

How well do our vendors know us?  I mean, how well do they really know us?  And how much do they care? They collect countless data points about us through direct or indirect activity.  They spend a lot of money buying lists containing all sorts of information about “people like us”, but what are they actually Read more