We’ve talked with a few different PeopleSoft customers recently that use Active Directory with PeopleSoft, but the AD teams in their organizations don’t provide access to test Active Directory servers for applications that integrate with AD.
Microsoft saw this sort of thing coming awhile back and came out with something called Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM). They’ve changed the name since then to Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (ADLDS), but you’ll mostly find references to ADAM in various writeups out there. ADAM is the same codeline as Active Directory, but intended for just this sort of scenario.
The cool thing about ADAM is that it runs as a standalone service (it can even run on machines that are not members of a specific domain), so it’s much easier for the PeopleSoft support team to put up a copy of ADAM on a machine somewhere for development and testing purposes.
ADAM/ADLDS is included as an optional component of Windows Server 2003 R2 or you can download it free from Microsoft. You can even run it on an XP workstation if you don’t have the ability to put it on a server.
A good place to begin with using ADAM is this writeup on DevX. It is not PeopleSoft specific, but it will help you get everything up and running. Then you can configure your dev/test PeopleSoft instances to talk to ADAM instead of your production Active Directory servers so that you can test out different scenarios to see how they behave without incurring the wrath of your AD administrators 🙂
Labels: 2009, LDAP, Microsoft, Sysadmin