Description of Attribute Usage For 2.16.840.1.113719.

What is an association?#

Associations are the mechanism used by Identity Manager to establish and maintain a linkage between an object in the Identity Vault and an application object. The shim provides a unique key value for each application object and the Identity Manager Engine manages the storage of those key values in the Identity Vault.

A shim's responsibility with respect to associations is to provide a unique key value for each object and to notify the Identity Manager Engine whenever something happens that affects that unique key. In practice this means:

  • Provide the unique key value for the object whenever communicating any information about the object to the Identity Manager Engine (events and queries).
  • Report to the Identity Manager Engine whenever the unique key value of a relevant object changes using <modify-association>.
  • Report to the Identity Manager Engine the unique key value of an object created as a result of processing and <add> command in the SubscriptionShim using <add-association> in the result document returned from the add processing.


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The DirXML-Associations attribute is applied to entries (like users) and indicates the status of the synchronization for any given driver.

The available DirXML-Associations Attribute State values are:

CodeDescriptionLDAP search Filter
4278190086Any Value(DirXML-Associations=cn=MyDriverName,cn=DriverSetName,ou=services,o=baseorg#4278190086#*)
*(Not present) No Association(!(DirXML-Associations=cn=MyDriverName,cn=DriverSetName,ou=services,o=baseorg#4278190086#*))

Tools for modification of Associations#

Determining DirXML Associated Entries#

You can use LDAPSEARCH to Determine the State of DirXML-Associations

Working with DirXML-Associations in Policies#

How to Working with DirXML-Associations in Policies

Attribute Details#

The DirXML-Associations attribute uses the path syntax

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