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Importing users and groups via the Options files reading mechanism – AN4037a

Background

Customers have requested a method to easily introduce lists of users and organize them as members of groups in the OpenLM database. This request was especially relevant for large lists of users who could not be explicitly determined in any LDAP group or attribute.

OpenLM has a few methods of introducing different entities into its database. This Application note elaborates such a method that makes use of the OpenLM capability of reading FlexLM Options files.

Starting point

Prior to this procedure, we only had users U1, …, U6 as members of the OpenLM Everyone default group. We wanted to introduce them into the MYTESTGROUP group, and add some new users NEWUSER1 , …, NEWUSER4 in the process.

Procedure

1. You will need to have the OpenLM Broker installed on one of the FlexLM license managers you’re already monitoring. It does not matter which one. See the required configuration in the image below.

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2. Create an demi – Options file on that machine. The format of this file should be like this:

GROUPCASEINSENSITIVE ON

GROUP MYTESTGROUP U1 U2 U3 NEWUSER1 NEWUSER2

GROUP MYTESTGROUP U4 U5 U6 NEWUSER3 NEWUSER4

Translation:

GROUPCASEINSENSITIVE : users and group names would be case insensitive.

GROUP MYTESTGROUP : The group line was broken on purpose. This is because FlexLM has a restriction of 200 characters on the Group lines’ length. In order to add more users to that group, it needs to be broken to smaller portions.

3. In the OpenLM Server configuration tool, set OpenLM to read from the Options file in the “Direction of Option file data flow” dialog frame. If you are currently configured to actively manage Options by the EasyAdmin Options files interface – remember to revert back to writing Options files after this procedure is finished. See the image below for clarification.

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4. Make sure the EasyAdmin start → Options file  → Options file management window recognizes the Options file you have configured on the Broker machine. You can read more about Options files configuration here.

5. After that – The OpenLM Group and should appear as defined in the Options file.  See the image below for clarification.

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