How to manage the user "tdsadmin" in Rational Directory Server

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Question

How do you manage the user "tdsadmin" in IBM Rational Directory Server (RDS)?

Cause

The user tdsadmin has a very special status in Rational Directory Server (RDS) and the credentials must be managed correctly.

Answer

Index:

  1. Scope of this Technote: About Rational Directory Server (RDS) installation modes
  2. tdsadmin can refer to several unrelated user accounts
  3. Account tdsadmin is mandatory to manage RDS
  4. Account tdsadmin is not mandatory to manage your Corporate LDAP (RDS Tivoli or Apache in Corporate mode)
  5. About the tdsadmin OS profile
  6. tdsadmin password lifecycle
  7. Instructions to change the tdsadmin password in RDS
  8. Instructions to reset the tdsadmin password in RDS
  9. Instructions to change the tdsadmin OS password in RDS Tivoli
  10. Resetting the tdsadmin password in your IBM Rational Change installation


1. Scope of this Technote: About RDS installation modes



          table 1: RDS versions and installation modes

    Depending on what version and what installation mode you chose, you need to manage the credentials of user tdsadmin the appropriate way. This Technote covers all modes (Apache/Tivoli, Standalone/Corporate/OS).

2. tdsadmin can refer to several unrelated user accounts


    The tables below show how to avoid confusion regarding accounts tdsadmin.


              table 2: rules for every installation mode


              table 3: tdsadmin passwords

    Finally, please note that tdsadmin also refers to the name of the db2 instance used by RDS (which makes it a 3rd tdsadmin for you to be aware of!). However, this is strictly internal to db2. If you're not familiar with db2, simply ignore this tdsadmin.

3. Account tdsadmin is mandatory to manage RDS


4. Account tdsadmin is not mandatory to manage your Corporate LDAP (RDS Tivoli or Apache in Corporate mode)


    tdsadmin is meant only to manage RDS and is not required in your Corporate LDAP, as seen in table 2.


5. About the tdsadmin OS profile


    Table 2 shows that :

      5.1. A tdsadmin OS user is mandatory in every RDS Tivoli installation mode.

      This is required to connect to the underlying db2 database. See section 9 to know how to change it.

      5.2. A tdsadmin OS user is not required in any of the RDS Apache installation modes (even in OS authentication mode!).

      Every other user's information will be retrieved from the OS, but the information for user tdsadmin is stored only in RDS. If you have created a tdsadmin user in the OS, it will have no impact on RDS and their passwords won't be synchronized.

6. tdsadmin password lifecycle

    The 'tdsadmin' password never expires in RDS".

    This applies to all installation modes.

    If you have RDS Tivoli, then, as stated in section 5.1, you also have a tdsadmin user in your OS. It has been created automatically by the RDS installation. Its password's expiration policy is set by your OS settings.


7. Instructions to change the tdsadmin password in RDS

    These instructions apply to every RDS version and every installation mode.

    When you know the current tdsadmin password follow the steps below, otherwise refer to the section 8 "Instructions to reset" of this Technote.

    Steps:


      1. Login to the RDA web-based interface as user tdsadmin

      (consult the RDS manual to know how to start RDA)

      2. Change the password for user tdsadmin

8. Instructions to reset the tdsadmin password in RDS

    When you don't know the current tdsadmin password and you need to change it then please contact the Rational Client Support.


9. Instructions to change the tdsadmin OS password in RDS Tivoli 10. Resetting the tdsadmin password in your IBM Rational Change installation
    During the installation of Rational Change, the Admin User enters the URL for Rational Change Admin in a web browser and is first prompted to configure the RDS installation details. Here, you enter the RDS URL, and the tdsadmin username and password. This is a one time operation and this information is written to the following file: <CHANGE_INSTALL_DIR>/jetty/webapps/change/WEB-INF/wsconfig/rds_config.xm


    When the tdsadmin username or password is changed or the RDS URL is changed you need to do the following:

    1. Delete the file <CHANGE_INSTALL_DIR>/jetty/webapps/change/WEB-INF/wsconfig/rds_config.xm
    2. Restart Rational Change
    3. Login to Rational Change as the admin user
    4. You will be prompted to configure RDS once again
    5. Enter the new RDS ULR, tdsadmin username and password

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Steps to reset TDSADMIN password in RDS 5.0

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More support for:

Rational Directory Server
General Information

Software version:

5.1, 5.1.0.1, 5.1.0.2

Operating system(s):

Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #:

1469504

Modified date:

2013-07-22

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