What is the Software Development Kit (SDK) and what can it do?
Directory and Resource Administrator 6.x
Directory and Resource Administrator 7.x
The Software Development Kit (SDK) is the main resource for customizing the NetIQ Administration products. This product presents the basic concepts and provides instructions for developing custom applications, user interfaces, policies, and automation triggers. It allows administrators to increase the power of the existing Administration products by creating custom policies to regulate data format requirements and automation triggers for repetitive tasks.
One can also expand the use of the Administration products by creating custom applications that integrate with existing proprietary business software packages in various departments. Custom user interfaces can be created using the SDK to meet other enterprise needs. Both custom applications and user interfaces utilize the NetIQ ADSI Provider to communicate with the Directory and Resource Administration server.
For example, the following list provides some ways you can customize the Administration products:
- Create a custom application that integrates the Administration products with existing proprietary applications in various departments.
- Create a custom user interface that allows users to change their own passwords, thereby decentralizing the task of changing passwords.
- Create custom policies to regulate data format or Assistant Admin workflows.
- Create automation triggers to automate repetitive tasks.
The SDK presents basic concepts and provides instructions to guide you through the design, development, and implementation of customization projects. It can be used to acquire basic knowledge about customizing the Administration products using the provider itself as well as policy and trigger scripts in your custom projects. The SDK also contains additional references such as prerequisite information sources and examples.
NOTE: Directory and Resource Administrator, version 6.3 and later, include the SDK with the installation files. The installation directory will contain an executable named AdminSDK.exe. Double-clicking on this file will install the SDK for Directory and Resource Administrator.