Designer association modifier plugin

By: scauwe


You all know the DAModifier tool? Nice tool, but it depends on the Client and Windows. Attached is a designer plug-in that allows you to do similar actions: import, modify or export IDM driver associations.


Cool tools does not allow upload of jars, so rename the attached zip to .jar and copy the jar to the plugins folder of your designer. Delete any previous version you had installed and restart designer if already running. I tested this with Designer 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 in Linux and Windows. Version 0.4 was tested with Designer 4.6 LDAP and non-LDAP.


Right click on a driver object in the outline view or the driver connection in the modeler view and select Live ? Association Editor or right click on the application (in modeler or outline view) and select Driver ? Live ? Association Editor.

New menu entry: Association Editor

A dialogue will pop-up where you can select what you want to do.

Export associations.

Export associations will export the associations of the selected driver to a tab separated file. This file will contain the object DN (lpdap format), the associations state and the association value. Enter the required information (search base, ldap filter, association status and the target file) and press Start.

Export associations dialog

Modify associations

This allows modification of the association status. Enter the required information (search base, ldap filter, 'from' association status, 'to' association status) and press Start. Optionally, a log file is generated. This log file (tab separated) contains the object DN, the old state, the association value and the action taken.

Modify associations dialog

Import associations

This allows for importing associations. Enter the required information (file to import) and press Start. Optionally, you can limit the import to a 'test only'. This will generate a log file of the actions it would take. The file to import is a tab separated file with the following columns: object dn (ldap), association state, association value (same format as the export option). Optionally (unless 'validate only' is checked) a log file is generated. This log file (tab separated) is the same as the input file, but adds an action column containing the action taken (or that would be taken in case of 'validate only'). Note: when 'validate only' is not selected, importing will always delete the current associations for the object. It does not add associations to the existing objects.

Import associations dialog


After pressing start, a monitor dialog is displayed, showing the progress. Upon completion, a summary dialog is shown. Note: processing can be run in the background, allowing you to continue your work. The progress view will display the result. Clicking the link will display the same summary as above (when running in the foreground).

Job status

New features and fixes

Version 0.4, 04-Feb-2018

  • Made the plugin compatible with the LDAP Designer. Tested with IDM 4.6 LDAP and non LDAP.

Version 0.3.1, 23-June-2015

  • Bug fix: fixed issue with backslash during import of associations.

Version 0.3.0, 21-June-2015

  • Bug fix: fixed NPE during import of associations.

Version 0.2.0, 5-March-2014

  • Bug fix: fixed issues with modifying the state of not-associated objects.

  • Enh.: remember last settings.

Version 0.1.0, 14-SEPT-2012

  • First release (beta).

Know limitations

ldap paged search is somehow not fully implemented in eDirectory. Some ldap searches will return duplicate entries when using paged searches. This is a known eDirectory issue. In order to work around this somehow, the search is sometimes split up into multiple searches. Still, no guarantee is given that objects will not be synchronized twice.


The previous post on Qmunity will not be updated, since that does not seem to be editable. This cool tool post is editable.


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Comment List
  • This weekend we migrated from legacy (non-NetIQ) provisioning to NetIQ IDM402. I imported 30,000+ objects from MAD into the ID Vault. After that, I used the snap-in to create the necessary associations with the SOAP driver. Worked like a charm. Great tool.
  • ok, this is the same issue as "slavat" had.
    I set the useLDAPSecureChannel to TRUE in the properties view of the Vault object.
  • !ENTRY info.vancauwenberge.associationeditor 4 0 2015-06-17 16:05:37.865
    !MESSAGE Exception while getting LDAP connection:class com.novell.ldap.LDAPException-Confidentiality Required
    !STACK 0
    LDAPException: Confidentiality Required (13) Confidentiality Required
    LDAPException: Matched DN:
    at com.novell.ldap.LDAPResponse.getResultException(Unknown Source)
    at com.novell.ldap.LDAPResponse.chkResultCode(Unknown Source)
    at com.novell.ldap.LDAPConnection.chkResultCode(Unknown Source)
    at com.novell.ldap.LDAPConnection.bind(Unknown Source)
    at com.novell.ldap.LDAPConnection.bind(Unknown Source)
    at info.vancauwenberge.idm.association.job.AbstarctLDAPJob.getLDAPConnection(
    at info.vancauwenberge.idm.association.job.AbstractLDAPSearchProcessingJob.doJob(

    !ENTRY info.vancauwenberge.associationeditor 4 0 2015-06-17 16:05:37.882
    !MESSAGE Exception :java.lang.NullPointerException-null
    !STACK 0
    at info.vancauwenberge.idm.association.job.AbstractLDAPSearchProcessingJob.pagedSearch(
    at info.vancauwenberge.idm.association.job.AbstractLDAPSearchProcessingJob.doJob(
  • There is a distinct error log, different from the log I can specify in the interface? That one remains empty in my case. The interface juist says "Success, Associations 0, Objects 0". I have the distinct feeling that i'm overlooking some little stupid thing but there aren't that many options in testing. Export, remove the association in iManager, import with the earlier on generated export file and the association should be there again. Right?
    Btw. are you Dutch or Belgian or is it just the name? I'm Dutch.
  • I found an issue with the import. Do you see the following in the error log view:
    Error importing associations from file.
    at info.vancauwenberge.idm.association.job.LogAndImportStrategy.processEntry(
    at ...
    If so, I'll fix this in version 0.3.0 asap.
  • I tried it with designer 4.5 and Not yet with 4.5.1. I tried installing 4.5.1, but it keeps telling me that I have version Using the off-line update option reports designer "4.5".
    Can you provide me a stacktrace? One should be available either in Eclipses log file either in the Error 'view'.
  • I have tried the tool in Designer 4.02 and 4.5. In both cases, when I first make an export of 1 user, I get a .CSV with:
    "cn=1001,ou=st,ou=users,o=data" "3" "data\users\st\1001"
    When I remove the above association in iManager (Connected Systems) and try an import with the same file, I get "Task completed with success, Associations 0, Objects 0." So nothing happens. I seem to be missing something.
  • Hi, I am trying to use this tool in Designer 4.5.1 to export associations in Demo but I got the following error:

    Stoping job at 2015-Jun-11 15:44:46.411
    Exception :java.lang.NullPointerException-null
    Getting ldap connection
    Searching for objects
    Starting job at 2015-Jun-11 15:44:46.391
    Job details:
    From state:ANY_ASSOCIATION
    Search base:OU=users,O=data
    Export associations

    Did you try this tool in Designer 4.5.1? Do you have any idea what is wrong?
  • Did you configure your vault to use SSL?
    In Designer, select the Vault object, in the properties view: set useLDAPSecureChannel to TRUE.