Virtual system - adding (and deleting) extended attributes managed by CzechIdM

After you've connected a virtual system to CzechIdM (see the tutorial here), you may need to add some extended attributes which are present in the connected system. To achieve this, make sure you have 1) connected the virtual system, 2) have admin set as the implementer, and 3) are logged in as admin.

Let's assume that the managed system contains the information about the building in which each person has their office. To add this information to the IdM, we have to follow several steps.

First, click on Setting in the left panel and choose Form definitions. In the list, find idmIdentity and open it (with the magnifying glass). After that, select Form Attributes and click the green Add button. Only two fields are required: Code, and Name. Make sure you change the Attribute type from default (Short text) if the type is different. You can also set e. g. a default value or a validation using regular expressions if it makes sense in the specific case. Once you've finished, click Save.

Click Virtual systems in the left panel and select List. Open you virtual system and select Configuration. Add your attribute (building) to the list of attributes and click on save.

Click Scheme in your virtual system. You should only see ACCOUNT; open it with the magnifying glass. In Scheme attributes, click the green Add button. In here, fill out the name of the attribute (building), its data type (java.lang.String in this case), and check boxes for Able to read, Able to create, Able to edit, and Returned by default. Click save.

After that, we have to add the attributes to the mapped attributes. Click Mapping and open Provisioning where you will see the list of mapped attributes. Click Add. Select the Attribute in schema (building). Check the box Extended attr. and fill out the desired IdM key. Click Save.

If you want to have a multivalued attribute, you have to set it as multivalued not only in Scheme but also in Settings > Form definitions > VsAccount (for the virtual system you are editing). Go to Form Attributes, open the Form Attribute with the magnifying glass and check Multivalued.

If you open the details of a user with a role defined in the virtual system (with the magnifying glass), click Show full details and select More information, you should now see that you can set the value of the attribute (building). Try to fill in some test information and click Save.

Now go to Virtual systems in the left panel and click Requests. You should now see that there is a new request. If you open it you will see in the detail that the attribute has changed. Also, if you click Notifications and Notifications history in the left panel, you will see that the implementer has been notified that they should make the change in the system they manage and then confirm they've done so in the IdM.

Some of the attributes may be superfluous in some cases, e. g., a system which only needs identity's first name and last name to create a login won't need to know user's phone number. Unless we remove those attributes, they will present an unnecessary administrative load since the implementer will be notified each time they change, even though they are not relevant for them.

Removing these attributes is similar in process to creating them - basically, we have to retrace our steps and undo the changes we've made in steps 1, 2 and 3.

If you want to stop provisioning an attribute which is present in other systems you have to do even fewer changes. This can be relevant in the above mentioned phone number case. In this case, undo only steps 2 and 3.

First, remove the mapping of the attribute. Click Virtual systems, List, Mapping, and Provisioning. Check the checkbox next to the attribute you want to remove. Above the list, a new dialog should appear, Operation with selected record. Click and choose Remove. Click Yes.

Then move to Scheme, click ACCOUNT. Check the checkbox next to the attribute you want to remove. Above the list, a new dialog should appear, Operation with selected record. Click and choose Remove. Click Yes.

Then go to Configuration, find Attributes and delete the attribute you want to remove. Click Save.

Next, delete the attribute from the Form definitions of VsAccount. Click Form definitions in Settings, find the VsAccount item, check under Name that this is the virtual system from which you are removing the attribute. Open the item using the magnifying glass.

Go to Form Attributes, check the box next to the attribute you want to remove and click on Operation with selected record, choose Remove and click Yes.

The attribute is still present in the detail of the user; however, it is no longer connected to the virtual system and the implementer will not be notified when the attribute's value changes.

If you want to remove the attribute from the IdM entirely, you have to undo step 1 as well. Please note, however, that if any role has this attribute filled in (not empty), you will not be able to remove the attribute. Go to Settings, Configuration, Form definitions, Form Attributes. Check the checkbox next to the attribute you want to remove. Above the list, a new dialog should appear, Operation with selected record. Click and choose Remove. Click Yes.