Thursday, October 23, 2008

'Applications SSO Auto Link User' profile and bootstrapping again


After integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with SSO, setting the system profile 'Applications SSO Auto Link User' = 'Enabled' lets users login to Oracle using only their SSO username/pwd (Windows NT username/pwd) if the 3rd party LDAP directory is MS Active Directory) WITHOUT the need to enter their Oracle E-Business local username/pwd again in the next page. This profile 'automatically links' the Windows NT username and the existing Oracle username internally (provided there is a user_name in FND_USER that EXACTLY matches the Windows NT username) and directly shows the Oracle E-Business responsibilities navigation pane. It does it by updating FND_USER.USER_GUID to a value that matches with the corresponding OID's ORCLGUID value of the logged in user.

Due to some circumstances, one may have to bulkdelete all the OID users and reload them from AD to OID using the bootstrap process. Because it is a new bootstrap process, a new ORCLGUID may get generated in the OID that will make it out of sync with the target FND_USER.USER_GUID value. With such a scenario, Oracle will prompt again for the E-Business local username/pwd despite the system profile 'Applications SSO Auto Link User' having an 'Enabled' value. One can verify the mismatch after the reload by running the following command.

ldapsearch -v -h oid_host_name -p 389 -D "cn=orcladmin" -w ***** -b "" -s sub "sn=RAMINENI*" uid orclguid orclactivestartdate orclactiveenddate orclisenabled
ldap_open( oid_host_name, 389 )
filter pattern: sn=RAMINENI*
returning: uid orclguid orclactivestartdate orclactiveenddate orclisenabled filter is: (sn=RAMINENI*)
1 matches

This orclguid shown above may NOT match the FND_USER.USER_GUID for the same user because the former is a newly generated one because of the reload process. In this case, Oracle prompts for the Oracle E-Business username/pwd after entering the Windows NT username/pwd in the login page even though the system profile 'Applications SSO Auto Link User' is set to 'Enabled', often confusing the  user.








The process to 'auto link' SSO username and the FND_USER user_name after a reload of data from the 3rd party LDAP directory to OID is to update FND_USER.USER_GUID value to NULL.

update fnd_user set user_guid = NULL where user_guid is NOT NULL
A better alternative is to run the $FND_TOP/patch/115/sql/fndssouu.sql USER_NAME
script (Apart from setting the FND_USER.USER_GUID value to NULL, this script also flushes the workflow entity cache for the user)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Different methods of provisioning users from Oracle LDAP to E-Business Suite


While working on the Oracle E-Business Suite login integration project with MS Active Directory through Oracle Internet Directory (OID), I have come across several ways to provision (add) new users in the E-Business Suite. Without Single Sign On, the only way to add new users is through the FND_USER_PKG or by using the Security => User => Define of Oracle E-Business 11i. Depending on the setup in OID, I have identified five different ways to add new users in 11i after integration with MS Active Directory

  1. Oracle Identity Management and Oracle Applications E-Business Suite
  2. Uni-directional synchronization from Active Directory to Oracle Internet Directory
  3. Uni-directional provisioning from Oracle Internet Directory to the E-Business Suite


On-Demand User Creation

On-Demand User Creation allows any enterprise user who has access to the SSO login page of the E-Business Suite to get an account created automatically. The user has to enter his/her Windows username/pwd on the SSO login page. A click on the 'OK' button will create a user in the FND_USER table of the E-Business Suite with a default 'Preferences SSWA' responsibility and will let the user access Oracle immediately.


Set the profile 'Applications SSO Auto Link User' to 'Create a new user and link to OID user'

  • Account Creation in E-Business Suite is self-service and automatic.


  • Lets any user in the enterprise to have an Oracle account. Anyone who has the login webpage address can get an account created in 11i.

ldifwrite on OID and LDAPUserImport on 11i


  1. Use the ldifwrite command in the OID server to create a dump file containing the user's LDAP attributes and other information.
  2. Copy the ldif file to one of the 11i middle-tiers
  3. Run the LDAPUserImport java command to import the user into FND_USER table.


  • Control on user creation. Only genuine and approved users will be allowed to have an account in Oracle.


  • Manual process. However, it can be automated as well.

provsubtool on OID and Workflow Subscription Event on 11i


  1. Run the provsubtool command in OID to add new users to an account subscription list
  2. On the 11i side, a workflow subscription event oracle.apps.fnd.subscription.add will be triggered at an appropriate time to add these users in the list to the FND_USER table in 11i

Security => User => Define form in 11i

The good old way of using Security => User => Define can still be continued for provisioning users in 11i after an integration with an LDAP directory.
  1. Verify the user exists in OID using an ldapsearch command or by using the oidadmin tool.
  2. Disable Applications 'SSO LDAP Synchronization profile' option
  3. Create the user using the Security => User => Define form

Unconditional Provisioning

By enabling the 'Applications SSO Enable OID Identity Add Event' system profile, the provisioning profile will add every user account to E-Business Suite that is synchronized from MS Active Directory to OID. Exercise caution before enabling this system profile because not every employee or consultant in an organization will need an Oracle account. This can lead to a proliferation of users in the FND_USER table.


Sufficient thought has to be exercised before enabling the Unconditional Provisioning or the On-Demand user creation as described above. Use one of the other three options for maximum control on user provisioning.

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