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Hello World: Tivoli Identity Manager

Manage user accounts in an LDAP directory

Wes Wardell, Staff Software Developer, IBM
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Wes Wardell is currently working in the SOA Advanced Technology Design Center in the IBM Toronto Lab. In 2005, he co-authored one of IBM's Redbooks about IBM Tivoli Identity Manager version 4.5.1. He holds a degree in computing and computer electronics from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

Summary:  Welcome to the eleventh tutorial in the "Hello, World" series, which provides high-level overviews of various IBM® software products. This tutorial offers an introduction to Tivoli® Identity Manager Express V4.6. It includes practical, hands-on exercises in which you will set up Tivoli Identity Manager Express to manage accounts in an LDAP user directory.

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Date:  12 Mar 2007
Level:  Introductory PDF:  A4 and Letter (1306 KB | 32 pages)Get Adobe® Reader®

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Before you start

About this series

This series is for novices who want high-level overviews of various IBM software products. The modules are designed to introduce the products and draw your interest for further exploration. The exercises only cover the basic concepts, but are enough to get you started.

About this tutorial

This tutorial will take you through the setup and usage of IBM Tivoli® Identity Manager Express (which will be referred to throughout this tutorial as ITIM) for centrally managing user accounts. For this tutorial, you'll focus on managing a Tivoli Directory Server LDAP user directory. The setup details described here will differ somewhat for the other systems you can maintain with ITM (DB2®, Lotus Notes®, Windows®, etc.), but the general process is the same.

The material in this tutorial applies specifically to version 4.6 of Tivoli Identity Manager Express.


In this tutorial, you'll use the ITIM Web interface to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Define an ITIM service for interacting with the LDAP directory
  • Manage LDAP accounts: retrieving existing LDAP accounts into ITIM, and deleting an LDAP entry
  • Add a user into ITIM
  • Configure the identity policy that governs how user IDs will be created in the LDAP directory
  • Map user attributes to LDAP attributes
  • Create an LDAP account for the new user


You don't need to be familiar with ITIM before you begin this tutorial; however, some basic knowledge of Tivoli Directory Server is recommended.

System requirements

To follow the examples in this tutorial, you need Tivoli Identity Manager Express 4.6, including Tivoli Directory Server. (See the Resources section for a link.)

To view the demos included in this tutorial, JavaScript must be enabled in your browser and Macromedia Flash Player 6 or higher must be installed. You can download the latest Flash Player at

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