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eDirectory Postal Address to Active Directory postalAddress


I'd like to populate the structured Postal Address from eDirectory to
Active Directory postalAddress.

I have no idea which format Active Directory expects - I read
multi-valued in the docu, but on sync I got a "mad syntax"-error on
active directory side.

So I think that the structured attribute Postal Address (on eDir) with
it's six components must be converted to something else which fits in
AD.

Do you have any idea, which format AD expects or anybody has a policy
already?

Thank you very much for help!!


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Re: eDirectory Postal Address to Active Directory postalAddress

Guessing it is this one (Street-Address), right?

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms679882%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

If so this is not structured, as shown on the page. Since it is just a
string you probably need to convert the various structured components to a
string. I seem to remember Fernando threw together a Cool Solution about
this..... Google found this for me:

http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/19986.html

Good luck.
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Re: eDirectory Postal Address to Active Directory postalAddress


Hi ab,

yeah, i think it's exactly what i'm looking for! Thanks in advance - i
will try it now.


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Re: eDirectory Postal Address to Active Directory postalAddress

On 06.06.2013 10:24, robertmeier83 wrote:
>
> I'd like to populate the structured Postal Address from eDirectory to
> Active Directory postalAddress.
>
> I have no idea which format Active Directory expects - I read
> multi-valued in the docu, but on sync I got a "mad syntax"-error on
> active directory side.


postalAddress in AD *is* multi-valued, but don't confuse multi-valued
with structured, they are two very different things.

Also postalAddress isn't exposed in any of the Microsoft user admin GUIs
- so apps have to be configured to specifically look for an address there.

streetAddress is the address field that is exposed in the Microsoft user
admin GUIs - so it makes sense to use that (unless you have a business
need to distinguish between physical and postal addresses.

> So I think that the structured attribute Postal Address (on eDir) with
> it's six components must be converted to something else which fits in
> AD.


Are you interested in syncing all six components in eDirectory to AD or
just one?


> Do you have any idea, which format AD expects or anybody has a policy
> already?


You have two choices, neither of which are perfect.

1. Treat this as six sub-attributes and evaluate whether you actually
want to sync all of them.

Then identify a corresponding AD attribute for each component
(sub-attribute)

component 0 (Name/addressed to) -> ??
component 1 (Street) -> postalAddress
component 2 (P.O. Box) -> postOfficeBox?
component 3 (city) - ??
component 4 (State) -> ??
component 5 (postal code) -> ??

in the output transform split each component out and assign it to the
relevant AD attribute

do the opposite in the input transform (merge back to a single
structured attribute).

This is a cleaner approach (but you need to find 6 AD attributes to use
for this).

2. in output transform, reformat/concatenate the six components into a
single unstructured string.

the problem with this approach is how to reliably reverse this
reformatting in the input transform (if you want to configure sync,
notify or reset on the publisher channel for this attribute). This can
be tricky.


I've tried both approaches at different customers.

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