Release notes - IBM® Security® Identity Manager Box® Adapter 7.1.5

IBM Security Identity Manager Box Adapter 7.1.5 is available. Compatibility, installation, and other getting-started issues are addressed.





Welcome to the IBM Security Identity Manager Box Adapter.

These Release Notes contain information for the following products that was not available when the IBM Security Identity Manager manuals were printed:


Adapter Features and Purpose

The Box Adapter is designed to create and manage User Accounts on the Box platform. The adapter runs in "agentless" mode and communicates using HTTPS and LDAP protocol.

IBM recommends the installation of this Adapter (and the prerequisite IBM Security Directory Integrator) on each node of an IBM Security Identity Manager WAS cluster. A single copy of the adapter can handle multiple IBM Security Identity Manager Services. The deployment configuration is based, in part, on the topology of your network domain, but the primary factor is the planned structure of your IBM Security Identity Manager Provisioning Policies and Approval Workflow process. Please refer to the IBM Identity Adapters Knowledge Center for a discussion of these topics.

The IBM Identity Adapters are powerful tools that require Administrator Level authority. Adapters operate much like a human system administrator, creating accounts, permissions and home directories. Operations requested from the IBM Security Identity Manager server, Security Privileged Identity Manager, and Security Identity Governance and Intelligence will fail if the Adapter is not given sufficient authority to perform the requested task. IBM recommends that this Adapter run with administrative (root) permissions.


License Agreement

Review and agree to the terms of the IBM Security Identity Manager License prior to using this product. The license can be viewed from the "license" folder included in the product package.


Contents of this Release

Adapter Version



Build Date

2016 December 05 23.14.57

Adapter Version


Component Versions

Adapter build:



Dispatcher 6.1004 or higher (packaged separately)


The following guides are available in the IBM Identity Adapters Knowledge Center:

  • Box Adapter Installation and Configuration Guide
  • New Features

    Enhancement # (FITS)




    Items included in current release



    • Add support for IGI 5.2.2

      This adapter is now designed for use with IBM Security Identity Manager, Privileged Identity Manager, and Identity Governance and Intelligence.




    Items included in 7.0.4 release







    Items included in 7.0.3 release







    Items included in 7.0.2 release







    Items included in 7.0.1 release



    Initial Release


    Closed Issues



    PMR# / Description




    Items included in current release







    TEST of Box Adapter fails, due to missing





    Items included in 7.0.4 release






    Reply unsuccessful status if a request fail due to connection problem or any reason.






    Update the release notes for the limitation of updating Box Login Email and update the field as read only on Modify.






    Add "Managing subset of box accounts" section to the adapter release notes.





    Items included in 7.0.3 release






    Support filter query and pagination in reconciliation ,and protect client ID and refresh token in logging.






    Handle eraccountstatus in Modify Operation





    Items included in 7.0.2 release






    Client Secret field is updated from clear text to password type. And the release note is updated giving information how to configure the server to encrypt the password field.





    Items included in 7.0.1 release






    Initial release.


    Known Issues



    PMR# / Description






    Box Login Email can not be changed. If it is changed on Box Console, the account on ISIM will become orphan in next reconciliation process.







    The adapter does not support change of Group Name. This is a limitation of the IBM Security Identity Manager. Attempting to change the Group Name will result in the following error: " CTGIMI046E You cannot change the value of the attribute that is mapped to ergroupname."







    Adding members to a group from Manage Groups

    • IBM Security Identity Manager and IBM Security Privileged Identity Manager
      Users can be added to a group only with Member access from Manage Groups. To give admin access to the user for a specified group, must go to the User Account Form and add the group to the Admin groups list.

    • IBM Security Identity Governance and Intelligence
      Entitlements can be assigned to user only with member access.

    Deleting a group which has members with Admin Access
    • IBM Security Identity Manager and IBM Security Privileged Identity Manager
      After removing a group, the group ID still remains in the Admin Groups List box of the User Account Form. It will be completely removed from the Account Form UI in the next reconcilation process.







    Updating Box Account Status in Account Form

    If the Box Account Status is updated in suspended state, the status change will not be reflected on Box server and the update operation is successful with warnning message. As a result, the status shown in ISIM Account Form will not be consistent with the status shown on Box in terms of User Interface. To advoid that, the account has to be restored first in ISIM before making changes to the Account Status.







    Unable to reflect data change that happened on Box

    The modification done on Box Server will not be reflected to ISIM automically. To synchronize the changes back to ISIM, the reconcilation process has to be performed.



    Installation and Configuration Notes

    See the IBM Security Identity Manager Adapter Installation Guide for detailed instructions.

    Configuration Notes

    The following configuration notes apply to this release:


    Managing subset of box accounts

    The service form of the adapter has been enhanced to provide the ability to manage a subset of the box users. The following optional service attributes allows you to set limitations and filters during reconciliation.

    These attributes must be used with caution and are not intended to be changed between reconciliation. The purpose of this feature is to limit the adapter service to manage the same subset of the users. Changing the values between reconciliation will result in data inconsistency.

    For example, if the filter is set to manage all users that starts with the letter "a", the adapter will return all accounts with either the name or the login starts with "a". In a subsequent reconciliation, if the filter was changed to manage all users that starts with the letter "b", then all the users that starts with the letter "a" will be removed from the local repository ( ISIM or IGI local data ).

    Another example, if the filter is set to manage all users that starts with the letter "a", then the adapter service is used to create a box user that starts with the letter "b", the reconciliation will not return the newly created user that starts with "b" and it will be removed of the local repository.


    Configuring the server to encrypt Client Secret

    By default, the Client Secret is stored as clear text. To store it in encrypted form in the server, perform the following task:


    1. Update the file that is located under the ISIM_HOME\data directory. Append the attribute erboxclientsecret to the list of attributes of the password.attributes property.

      password.attributes=ersynchpassword erServicePassword erServicePwd1 erServicePwd2 erServicePwd3 erServicePwd4 erADDomainPassword erPersonPassword erNotesPasswdAddCert eritamcred erep6umds erposixpassphrase erboxclientsecret

    2. Save the file and restart the ISIM Server.


    Customizing or Extending Adapter Features

    The IBM Security Identity Manager adapters can be customized and/or extended. The type and method of this customization may vary from adapter to adapter.

    Getting Started

    Customizing and extending adapters requires a number of additional skills. The developer must be familiar with the following concepts and skills prior to beginning the modifications:

    Note: If the customization requires a new IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator connector, the developer must also be familiar with IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator connector development and working knowledge of Java programming language.

    IBM Security Identity Manager Resources:

                Check the "Training" section of the IBM Security Identity Manager Support web site for links to training, publications, and demos.

    IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator Resources:

                Check the "Training" section of the IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator Support web site for links to training, publications, and demos.

    Support for Customized Adapters

    The integration to the IBM Security Identity Manager server "the adapter framework" is supported. However, IBM does not support the customizations, scripts, or other modifications. If you experience a problem with a customized adapter, IBM Support may require the problem to be demonstrated on the GA version of the adapter before a PMR is opened.

    Supported Configurations

    Installation Platform

    The IBM Security Identity Manager Adapter was built and tested on the following product versions.


    Adapter Installation Platform: 


    Managed Resource:


    IBM Security Identity Manager:



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