After some minor setbacks, I’m finally getting going with ADAM, and amazed at how well it works (once you figure out how it’s supposed to work, which is a non-trivial undertaking). One thing that makes it harder is that most of the (still scant) documentation around ADAM is geared toward IT Pros, not developers, so there are plenty of places where you track down the documentation for that critical change you need to make to your directory, only to be told “start the command line tool…”. Frustrating, but workable.
Once the magic incantations are prized forth, it seems very fast. Granted we’re not doing anything tricky at this point, but adding users, setting passwords, simple queries, all seem pretty snappy.
On my previous problems with ADAM and AzMan integration, this is apparently caused by the fact that I had my users in one application partition in ADAM, and my AzMan store in another partition in the same ADAM instance. The official word is that this is not supported, which probably makes sense. It means that I’ll probably end up using a separate ADAM instance as the AzMan store, or fall back to the XML file, although that’s harder to distribute. Only time will tell.
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