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ForgeRock Directory Services Core Concepts

The ForgeRock® Directory Services Core Concepts course is for students who want to learn how to implement ForgeRock® Directory Services (DS) in a ForgeRock Identity Platform™ (Platform)...

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$4,750 USD GSA  $3,832.59
Course Code DS-400
Duration 5 days
Available Formats Classroom, Virtual
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The ForgeRock® Directory Services Core Concepts course is for students who want to learn how to implement ForgeRock® Directory Services (DS) in a ForgeRock Identity Platform™ (Platform) deployment and as a standalone service. Current platform best practices are used to deploy and maintain DS. Using lab exercises in this course, students gain hands-on experience with the important features and capabilities of DS, which they can use to deploy DS on the job.

  • Note that Revision A.2 of this course is built on version 6.5.1 of DS.

Skills Gained

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand how DS is used in a Platform deployment
  • Install DS as a standalone service or as an external data store for the Platform
  • Use setup profiles to configure DS during installation
  • Manage backend data stores
  • Monitor and tune DS for different deployment types using HTTP and LDAP
  • Implement access control and privileges
  • Configure delegated administration
  • Back up and restore backends
  • Import and export data
  • Manage custom attributes
  • Manage log publishers
  • Replace self-signed replication certificates
  • Plan for a migration from Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition to DS
  • Manage entries using the CLI and REST
  • Implement high availability using replication
  • Monitor health status
  • Monitor and troubleshoot replication
  • Manage DS in a ForgeRock® Identity Management (IDM) deployment
  • Manage DS in a ForgeRock® Access Management (AM) deployment
  • Deploy a distributed topology
  • Configure data confidentiality
  • Install and configure directory proxy servers
  • Configure Prometheus and Grafana to monitor DS instances

Who Can Benefit

The following are the target audiences for this course:

  • System Integrators
  • System Consultants
  • System Architects
  • System Administrators
  • Web Developers


The following are the prerequisites to successfully completing this course:

  • Basic knowledge and skills using the Linux operating system to complete labs
  • Basic knowledge of LDAP, JSON, REST, Java

Course Details

Course Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing ForgeRock Directory Services (DS)

Lesson 1: Understanding how DS is used in the Platform

  • Describe how the Platform uses DS
  • Describe deployment options

Lesson 2: Installing DS

  • Describe request processing
  • Understand where data is stored
  • Understand the installation process

Lesson 3: Managing data stores

  • Manage the configuration
  • Manage data stores
  • Manage entries

Lesson 4: Protecting entries

  • Understand how access control is applied
  • Display privileges

Lesson 5: Locating default log files

  • Describe log publishers
  • Describe default log files

Lesson 6: Understanding DS monitoring capabilities

  • Describe DS monitoring
  • Describe HTTP monitoring
  • Describe LDAP monitoring
  • Describe SMTP monitoring
  • Describe JMX monitoring
  • Monitor health status

Chapter 2: Maintaining DS in an AM Deployment

Lesson 1: Preparing DS as an external configuration and identity store for AM

  • Describe how DS is used in a default AM Deployment
  • Configure DS instances as external configuration and identity stores for AM

Lesson 2: Preparing DS as an external CTS token store for AM

  • Describe CTS deployment options
  • Configure DS as an external CTS token store for AM

Lesson 3: Performing essential administration tasks

  • Back up and restore an AM data store
  • Configure a highly available CTS
  • Enable secure communication between AM and DS

Lesson 4: Monitoring and tuning DS in an AM deployment

  • Monitor replication and disk space
  • Reduce replication traffic
  • Tune LDAP connection pools and AM caches

Lesson 5: Troubleshooting DS in an AM deployment

  • Enable platform transaction ID propagation
  • Configure log filtering

Chapter 3: Deploying DS as a User Store

Lesson 1: Populating backends

  • Populate a backend

Lesson 2: Managing custom attributes

  • Add custom schema
  • Configure virtual attributes

Lesson 3: Delegating administration

  • Assign administrators to groups
  • Assign access control to subscriber entries
  • Grant privileges to administrators

Lesson 4: Managing authentication policies

  • Configure authentication policies

Lesson 5: Using REST to manage entries

  • Describe REST
  • Configure the embedded REST API
  • Configure the REST to LDAP gateway
  • Perform RESTful operations

Lesson 6: Implementing high availability and scalability through replication

  • Deploy a replication topology
  • Manage a replication topology
  • Replace self-signed replication certificates

Lesson 7: Monitoring and tuning a user store

  • Configure SNMP monitoring
  • Monitor indexes
  • Measure throughput and response times
  • Understand areas that affect performance

Lesson 8: Troubleshooting replication

  • Identify replication issues
  • Backup and restore a replicated topology

Lesson 9: Planning for a migration from Oracle DSEE to DS

  • Prepare for a migration from Oracle DSEE to DS

Chapter 4: Maintaining DS in an IDM Deployment

Lesson 1: Using DS as an IDM repository

  • Explore the default DS repository in IDM
  • Configure DS as an external IDM repository

Lesson 2: Provisioning subscribers to DS

  • Describe how IDM synchronizes data
  • Provision subscribers to DS

Lesson 3: Synchronizing passwords between DS and IDM

  • Enable mutual authentication
  • Install DS password synchronization plugin

Lesson 4: Monitoring and troubleshooting DS in an IDM deployment

  • Monitor DS and IDM logs
  • Troubleshoot password synchronization

Chapter 5: Creating a Distributed Topology

Lesson 1: Exploring DS scalability options

  • Describe scaling options
  • Protect user privacy

Lesson 2: Configuring a distributed topology

  • Configure regional data stores
  • Upgrade a distributed topology

Lesson 3: Monitoring and tuning a distributed topology

  • Monitor a distributed topology
  • Tune DS for multiple backends
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