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LDAP attributes, other than the user name and display name, are not accessible in IBM Business Process Manager (BPM)

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How can you access user attributes other than user name and display name in an LDAP store from the IBM Business Process Manager products?


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Even though IBM Business Process Manager security is based on WebSphere Application Server security and any user attribute that you mark as supported for a security provider (LDAP or otherwise) is technically available through the Virtual Member Manager API, a Business Process Manager user does not know anything about these attributes. The only attributes that are available for a Business Process Manager user, that actually come from the underlying security provider, are the user name and display name.


To resolve this issue, you can use one of the following approaches:

  • Use the LDAP Connector toolkit to query LDAP for specific user attributes. Then, store these values in custom Business Process Manager user attributes so that task user assignment can be selected based on these Business Process Manager user attributes.

  • Use code that queries the Virtual Member Manager to retrieve any supported user attributes from the underlying security repository and stash the value in a Business Process Manager user custom attribute.

You must implement either solution as custom code.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Business Integration IBM BPM Advanced Pattern on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Security Linux Red Hat - xSeries 8.0
Business Integration IBM Business Process Manager Standard Security AIX, Linux, Linux zSeries, Solaris, Windows 8.5.5, 8.5, 8.0,, 7.5.1,, 7.5
Business Integration IBM Business Process Manager Express Security Linux, Linux zSeries, Windows 8.5.5, 8.5, 8.0,, 7.5.1,, 7.5

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Document information

More support for: IBM Business Process Manager Advanced

Software version: 7.5, 7.5.1, 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.5, 8.5.5

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Reference #: 1609893

Modified date: 13 February 2015