NUMSys – Native User Management System for Shared Services

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 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 and found that it’s not working in
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.
Wish list 
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.

Linux users
  • 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

About Celvin Kattookaran

I’m an EPM Consultant, my primary focus is on Hyperion Planning and Essbase. Some of you from Hyperion Support team might recognize me or have seen my support articles, I was with the WebAnalysis Support Team. I'm an Independent Consultant with “Intekgrate Corporation” based out of Aurora office. I’m from God’s Own Country (Kerala, India), lived in all southern states of India, Istanbul and Johannesburg (and of course United States). I’m core gamer :) and an avid reader. I was awarded Oracle ACE Director for my contributions towards EPM community.

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