While OpenDS plugin development was fairly well documented, it has evolved with OpenDJ while available information has not. I will try here to share some of my experience which might help you save some time until the plugin API becomes stable enough to be officially documented.
Liferay is a popular open source portal solution written in J2EE technology. It features abundance of portlets and plug-ins, as well as many integration options for popular access management and identity solutions. Unfortunately, OpenDJ is not found anywhere in the official (or extra official) documentation. No need to worry as the set-up is more or less trouble-free.
Although the integration of OpenDJ with Samba is not explicitly documented, it does exist for OpenDS - which, as we already know, is the same product as OpenDJ. However, what is not covered is the synchronisation for the Samba password attributes with the LDAP password. This is the aspect we would try to cover in this article.
Sun Microsystems merger with Oracle has created a gap not only in the identity market but also in the continuity of the Sun identity offterings. Once a market leader (and for the moment being still is), Sun Java System Directory Server (also known under many other marketing names such as SunONE and iPlanet) has uncertain future as the new pricing model (i.e. it is not getting any cheaper) plants the customers before a situation to look for the alternatives. What Sun tought of being it’s own open source alternative, OpenDS, does not have a very active development and the users keep asking what is the strategy of Oracle for the ex-Sun products as the roadmap has not been updated ever since the merger. Fortunately, a young Norwegian company called ForgeRock has taken on the task of reviving the Sun’s open source offering and fill the gap created by Oracle. One of their products is OpenDJ, a living version of OpenDS.