Adding an alias to an EIM identifier

You may want to create an alias to provide additional distinguishing information for an EIM identifier. Aliases can aid in locating a specific Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM) identifier when performing an EIM lookup operation. For example, aliases can be useful in situations where someone's legal name is different from the name that person is known as.

EIM identifier names must be unique within an EIM domain. Aliases can help address situations where using unique identifier names can be difficult. For example, different individuals within an enterprise can share the same name, which can be confusing if you are using proper names as EIM identifiers. For example, if you have two users named John J. Johnson, you could create an alias of John Joseph Johnson for one and an alias of John Jeffrey Johnson to make it easier to distinguish the identity of each user. The additional aliases might contain each user's employee number, department number, job title, or other distinguishing attribute.

To add an alias to an EIM identifier, you must be connected to the EIM domain in which you want to work and you must have EIM access control at one of these levels:

  • EIM administrator.
  • Identifier administrator.

To add an alias to an EIM identifier, complete these steps.

  1. From IBM® Navigator for i, expand Security > Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM).
  2. Click Domain Management.
    • If you are not currently connected to the EIM domain controller, a Connect to EIM Domain Controller dialog box is displayed. Enter the connection information to use for the connection to the EIM domain controller. Click OK
  3. Right-click the EIM domain in which you want to work and select Open.
  4. Right-click Identifiers and select Open to display a list of EIM identifiers available in the domain.
  5. Right-click the EIM identifier for which you want to add an alias and select Properties.
  6. In the Alias field, specify the name of the alias you want to add to this EIM identifier, and click Add.
  7. Click OK to save your changes to the EIM identifier.