I always wondered
“Why can’t we export only a set of users/groups from Shared Services?”
“Why was it removed?” considering that it was there in 9.3 version (CSSExportImport util, where you can specify a filter in the properties file).
The same doubt was shared by Shiva in this thread and Nicholas King and Shiva gave us a cool hack to filter groups and users.
In 188.8.131.52 you can filter users/groups by editing the Export.xml as given below.
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<User name=”” password=””/>
<Source type=”FileSystem” filePath=”/HSS-Shared Services”/>
<Target type=”Application” product=”HUB” project=”Foundation” application=”Shared Services”/>
<Artifact recursive=”false” parentPath=”/Native Directory” pattern=”Groups”/>
<Artifact recursive=”false” parentPath=”/Native Directory” pattern=”Users”/>
You can add the below lines into Import.xml to specify the import operation.
<Options option=”operation” Value=”create”/>
I tried the hack on 184.108.40.206 and found that it’s not working in 220.127.116.11
I was thinking about a way to export users/groups from Shared Services and started exploring Shared Services User Management API (for the first time) and it ate a lot of my personal time.
I would like to thank my wife for her advises on the UI and of course for her patience 🙂
Apologies to Jason Jones for not testing HUMA.
Now you might be wondering, why we need this when Shared Services is already there.
This is not a replacement for Shared Services, it just happen to have some features which can make a developer’s life easier 🙂
It has an interface where you can filter users/groups while exporting.
It has an interface where you can document about users, groups and group children.
It has an interface where you can add a bunch of native users.
It has an interface where you can modify a bunch of native users.
These are the things I wish that I could have added to the tool. Maybe I’ll add these to another version.
- Command line interface
- Interface for bulk group addition with group assignment
- Use multiple filters (give me users that start with “C” or “R”)
- Option to set filters on first name, last name, email and description (right now you can only filter user/group ids)
- Ability to export encrypted password (Shared Services API is not allowing password export)
- Option to enforce password strength
- Add external directory users to groups
You can download NUMSys from here.
- Documentation mode exports user/group report as an rtf file, copy the files to a windows system or install OpenOffice
- Provide write and execute access to all files under NUMSys directory
I would love to hear back from you.
P.S Use the contact button in “About NumSys” menu