Opensource or less expensive alternative to Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007?

Posted on 2007-10-05
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I'm trying to compare several methods for having SSO on our *nix and our Windows systems. One option is synchronization. I've looked at Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, and while it may meet our needs, it is very expensive. I have not had as much luck with Google as I may have hoped.

Are there any cheaper or even better Open Source synchronization products? Or just alternatives to look at for comparison?
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OES Native Protocols guide:

Identity management functionality included with OES:

Novell's product pages for their identity management and security product line:

Note that Novell is not an OS - they're a company.  Most of the products on their product pages do not require NetWare, and many will run on a few flavors of Linux, or Windows, in addition to OES.  Some run on Solaris, AIX and other "real" *nixes.

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Is there any info regarding how much the products cost?
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Download the appropriate document for your type of business and your region/country.  There's a price list in US and Canadian dollars and a price list in Euros.

Since you're not a partner, I'd suggest the Corporate printer-friendly price list in the appropriate currency.

One problem with working with these price lists is that they are LIST prices.  Another problem is confusion as to what part number(s) you should be looking at.

It's best to work through a reseller.  You'll not only get info on the appropriate part numbers but will likely get much better pricing than what you see in the price list.

Volume license pricing structures apply.  There is also special pricing for educational, government and non-profit/charity organizations.
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You also have to keep in mind what the licensing model is.  Some products are per user object, some are per connection, some are per device, some are per server.  

Much like Microsoft pricing.

However, you'll usually find that the Microsoft model has hidden costs that the Novell models do not have, which results in substantial cost savings over Microsoft licensing.
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check out anything that could be useful on


Lots of good stuff in progress that may be a solution.

I hope this helps !
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Another thought is to use Kerberos/LDAP authentication modules on all your Linux systems and authenticate your users against AD...

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No open source solutions were offered, but perhaps none exist. Viable alternatives were listed, though pricing is variable with any products of this level. It is not clear that the alternatives are cheaper, but they could be.

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