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From "Chris Custine" <>
Subject Re: Web Based Control; OpenDS Control Center
Date Sun, 03 Jun 2007 17:00:46 GMT
I have been thinking about a web based admin app for quite some time as
well...  I think maybe we are even talking about 2 different things here
(basic internal admin app and larger enterprise admin app).  I have even
gotten to the point of thinking that the basic embedded Jetty app that you
are already discussing should be part of the OSS project, but maybe a larger
Enterprise app is a seperate thing altogether, almost like Studio (maybe
Studio Web).

I think we are obviously occupied with many other more important things at
the moment, but I can tell you that my experience with client preference has
been the opposite of yours.  My larger clients would count a web based admin
app as a postitive feature, and an installed GUI as a negative in product
assesment.  This is mainly due to the strict deployment and evaluation
policies for desktop applications since neither of them allow direct install
of software and require automated software push for inventory and license
control, even for niche admin apps like this.

Anyway, this is a complicated discussion, but at some point I would like to
re-visit this when we can give it more time.  I have a long list of features
that I have been building in my head, so maybe at some point we can document
some ideas and evaluate it from there?


On 6/3/07, Alex Karasulu <> wrote:
> I agree with Emmanuel.  Once we have the configuration in the DIT
> administrators (these guys don't like UIs) will just use LDAP to configure
> the server.  Those needing a UI can use Studio to do the job.   RCP is way
> more preferrable than using a web UI in my opinion.
> Alex
> On 6/3/07, Emmanuel Lecharny <> wrote:
> >
> > Ersin Er a écrit :
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > We need some sort of Web based configuration at some point. Although
> > > Configuration in DIT is cool, some tasks are better handled with a Web
> > > based UI. Here is a mock of OpenDS Web Control Center:
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > It looks like SunDS's current DSCC application.
> > >
> > Well, I think this is not the way we should go.
> >
> > Web based configuration is obviously attractive, but this is only about
> > presentation. We have Apache Directory Studio which gives a much better
> > UI than any web UI. What we only need is to add some HTTP connector to
> > the server, and this is something we almost have, with Jetty integrated
> > into ADS, with the DSML codec. Using those elements will allow us to
> > have a better UI, without spending months building a specific WebApp
> > with all the burden it carries (new port declaration, installing a web
> > application beside the server, etc).
> >
> > Also, I don't think that having a Web based configuration tool is
> > opposed to have all the configuratuon stored in the DIT.
> >
> > The main problem we currently have rightnow is that our configuration is
> > file based, and this is the main issue, IMHO.
> >
> > wdyt ?
> >
> > Emmanuel
> >

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