SQL Connector

Introduction

Description

The SQL connector allows an easy way to configure and manage relational databases.

Managed System

There a lot of relational databases, currently these are the supported databases, but it's possible to include easily more systems

  • MySQL
  • MariaDB
  • PostgreSQL
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Informix
  • IBM DB2/400

For more information: List of relational databases

If your system is not in the previously list, it's possible to include it easily!

For more information to check if your system may be synchronized with this connector you do not hesitate to contact us through our Contact form

Prerequisites

It is needed a user with access and permissions to the schemes and tables required in the scope of the integration.

Download and Install

This addon is located in the Connectors section and its name is SQL plugin.

For more information about the installation process you can visit the Addons Getting started page.

Agent Configuration

Basic

Generic parameters

After the installation of the addon, you may create and configure agent instances.

To configure this SQL connector you must select "Customizable SQL agent" in the attribute "Type" of the generic parameters section in the agents page configuration.

For more information about how you may configure the generic parameters of the agent, see the following link: Agents configuration

Custom parameters

Below there are the specific parameters for this agent implementation:

Parameter

Description

User name

Database user name to authenticate

Password

Password of the database user

Driver

Identifies the driver of the relational database to use.

Currently these are the supported databases: MySQL (& MariaDB), PostgreSQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, Informix, DB2/400

DB URL

URL that identifies the connection properties. Please refer to the specific database vendor documentation to build this URL

Password hash algorithm

Algorithm used to encrypt the password. For example SHA-1, SHA-256, MD5, etc

Password hash prefix

Algorithm used to encrypt the password. For example SHA-1, SHA-256, MD5, etc

Enable debug

Two options: "Yes", "No": it enables or not more log traces in the Synchronization Server log

Attribute mapping

This connector can manage users, accounts, roles, groups and grants.

Properties

Some agents require to configure some custom attributes, you will use the properties section to do that.

Any SQL sentence gets its parameters in a three step process:

  1. Synchronization engine creates the Soffid object.
  2. The Soffid object is translated into a managed system object, using the attribute translation rules.
  3. Soffid parser looks for any identifier preceded by a colon (:) symbol. For any symbol found, the symbol is replaced by a parameter whose value is the managed system attribute with the replaced identifier.

Once the SQL sentence has been executed, in case of SELECT clauses, the column names are used to generate a virtual managed system object. The last step is to apply the attribute translation to generate the Soffid object to be populated.

These are the properties required to map every object of the mapping:

Property

Value

selectAll

SQL sentence that needs to be executed to retrieve all the objects that currently exists on the database.

  • Applies to authoritative identity sources

  • On non authoritative identity sources, only the columns needed to calculate the name soffid attribute are needed

check

SQL sentence that will return when a single object already exists on the database

insert

SQL sentence to create a new object

update

SQL sentence to update an existing object

delete

SQL sentence to remove (or disable) an existing object

selectByAccountName

SQL sentence to gets user data based on the account name (for a single account information)

selectByAccount

SQL sentence to retrieve all the role grants made to an account (for a single account information)

selectByName

SQL sentence to fecth role information based on its name (for a single role information)

selectByRole

SQL sentence to retrieve all the accounts grantee of a role (used to update a role) (for a single role information)

Attributes

You can customize attribute mappings, you only need to select system objects and the Soffid objects related, manage their attributes, and make either inbound and outbound attribute mappings.

You may map the attributes of the target system with the Soffid available attributes.

  • For the target system attributes is required to be access to its specification
  • For the Soffid attributes you may follow the next link

For more information about how you may configure attribute mapping, see the following link: Soffid Attribute Mapping Reference

Example for roles:

SQL Connector - example.png

Triggers

You can define BeanShell scripts that will be triggered when data is loaded into the target system (outgoing triggers). The trigger result will be a boolean value, true to continue or false to stop.

Triggers can be used to validate or perform a specific action just before performing an operation or just after performing an operation into target objects.

To view some examples, visit the Outgoing triggers examples page.

Load triggers

You can define BeanShell scripts that will be triggered when data is loaded into Soffid (incoming triggers). The trigger result will be a boolean value, true to continue or false to stop.

Triggers can be used to validate or perform a specific action just before performing an operation or just after performing an operation into Soffid objects.

To view some examples, visit the Incoming triggers examples page.

Account metadata

Agents allow you to create additional data, on the "Account metadata" tab, to customize the accounts created for that agent. This additional information will be loaded with the agent's information, or calculated as defined in the mappings.
The additional data can be used in both mappings and triggers.

The attributes which you define here will be shown when you click on the proper account, on the Accounts Tabs at user page.

Operational

Monitoring

After the agent configuration you could check in the monitoring page if the service is running in the Synchronization Server, please go to:

  • Start Menu > Administration > Monitoring and reporting > Syscserver monitoring

Tasks

Authoritative

If you are checked "Authorized identity source", an automatic task to load identities from the managed system to Soffid is available, please go to:

  • Start Menu > Administration > Monitoring and reporting > Scheduled tasks

And you will something like "Import authoritative data from <AGENT_NAME>".

Reconcile

If your are configured the "Attribute Mapping" tab with some of our objects: "user, account, role, group or grant", an automatic task to synchronize these objects from the managed system to Soffid is available, please go to:

  • Start Menu > Administration > Monitoring and reporting > Scheduled tasks

And you will something like "Reconcile all accounts from <AGENT_NAME>".

Synchronization

About the synchronization of the objects, there are two possible options:

  • If you are checked the generic attribute "Read Only" in the "Basics" tab, only the changes in the managed systems will be updated in Soffid. We recommend this options until the global configuration of Soffid will be tested.
  • If you are not checked the generic attribute "Read Only" in the "Basics" tab, all the changes in Soffid or the managed system will be updated in the other. Note that this synchronization must be configured in the "Attribute mapping" tab correctly.

For more information about how you may configure the generic parameters of the agent, see the following link: Agents configuration